iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency), an innovative and internationally recognized Internet-based English assessment tool developed by Boston Educational Services (California, USA), is now available throughout Vietnam. The primary function of iTEP is to assess the English language proficiency of learners of English as a Second Language (ESL).
There are currently three (3) iTEP exams available: iTEP Academic, iTEP Business, and the new high school English proficiency exam, SLATE (Secondary Level Assessment Test of English). All three exams have the same basic structure, standardized rubric scoring, and administrative procedures and all come in two different formats: Core and Plus. The former covers Reading, Listening, Grammar, while the latter includes Reading, Listening, Grammar, Writing, and Speaking.
1. iTEP Academic and iTEP Academic-Plus exams, used by universities and English language institutes
2. iTEP Business and iTEP Business-Plus exams, used by businesses and government agencies
3. SLATE and SLATE-Plus exams, used by high schools and academies
iTEP is a breath of fresh air in the world of English proficiency testing and a welcome alternative for Vietnamese and other international students because of its shorter duration and significantly lower cost, among other advantages. The Vietnamese students I’ve spoken to about iTEP are excited about the prospect of having another English proficiency exam option, in addition to iBT TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC.