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At Britain International Academy we take pride in ourselves on being experts in preparing students for international examinations for iTEP – International Test of English Proficiency. Our reputation for preparation for English Language Courses has been cemented with the success of our students in this subject. We have distinct preparation courses, an intensive 30-day preparation course which incorporates language training and test-taking strategies, and One to One Counselling, where a tutor can help you maximize your strengths and eradicate your weaknesses. This Training Course familiarizes students with the strategies required to succeed, which leads to an international award for non-native English speakers.
ABOUT iTEP INTERNATIONAL
iTEP International was founded in 2002 by career international educators. Our decades of experience have prepared us for the unique challenges of the industry today.
We use the best technology available, and our staff is always there to meet the needs of our clients. A test this user-friendly is perfect for admissions, placement, progress checks, and exit testing.
Accepting iTEP results for admissions purposes gives your institution a no-cost marketing boost. You will reach a wider pool of qualified applicants through exposure in iTEP’s online promotional materials and at hundreds of test center locations worldwide.
The Benefits of iTEP SLATE
iTEP SLATE (Secondary Level Assessment Test of English) is the most comprehensive tool for high schools, middle schools, and academies to measure the English proficiency of incoming ESL students and monitor the language development of students in existing English programs. iTEP SLATE is efficient, secure, accurate, affordable, and designed to meet the needs of young learners. In short, the iTEP SLATE is right for you because it is:
- Convenient On-demand scheduling available at test centers all over the world or on your premises.
- Fast The test lasts no more than 90 minutes, and results are available within one business day.
- Practical Test-taker data, photos, test scores, plus speaking and writing samples are available to partner institutions online anytime.
- Comprehensive iTEP SLATE assesses five core skills plus a variety of linguistic sub-skills, giving you a detailed and useful score report.
- Secure iTEP’sFotoSure® software photographs the test-taker throughout the exam, and our Item Bank feature live-streams content to ensure that no two tests are alike.
iTEP SLATE Overview
The primary function of iTEP SLATE is to assess the English language proficiency level of middle and high school students of English as a second language.
- Admissions decisions
- Placement of students within language programs
- Curriculum development and guiding course instruction
- Progress monitoring from entry to exit
- English-language teacher evaluations
- Determining eligibility for exchange programs
TEST FORMAT & DELIVERY
Online iTEP exams are delivered via the internet and must be administered at a secure location or a certified iTEP test center. The examinee completes the test in the following manner:
During the grammar, listening, and reading sections, the examinee clicks on one of four answer choices for each question.
Writing samples are typed directly into a text-entry field.
Speaking samples are recorded with a headset and microphone at the examinee’s computer.
iTEP SLATE is available in its Core and Plus forms which differ in the number of sections required and the delivery format. SLATE-Core is available in paper-based format.
- iTEP SLATE‑Core assesses grammar, listening, and reading, and is 50 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation.
- iTEP SLATE-Plus assesses all three SLATE-Core skills plus writing and speaking, and is 80 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation.
iTEP SLATE Structure
In each section, examinees will encounter content and questions targeted to varying levels of proficiency.
Grammar (Structure) — 10 minutes/ two parts
- Part 1: Thirteen fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice questions testing the examinee’s familiarity with key features of English structure; questions range from beginner to advanced.
- Part 2: Twelve multiple-choice questions where the examinee selects the part of speech with incorrect English structure; questions range from elementary to advanced.
Listening — 20 minutes/ three parts
- Part 1: Four high-beginning to low-intermediate level short conversations of two to three sentences, each followed by one multiple-choice question.
- Part 2: One two- to three-minute intermediate-level conversation, followed by four multiple-choice questions.
- Part 3: One four-minute upper-level lecture, followed by six multiple-choice questions.
C Reading — 20 minutes/ three parts
- Part 1: Two low-intermediate level passages of approximately 50 words in length, followed by two multiple-choice questions.
- Part 2: One intermediate-level passage of approximately 200 words in length, followed by four multiple-choice questions.
- Part 3: One low-advanced passage of approximately 500 words in length, followed by six multiple-choice questions.
Writing — 25 minutes/ two parts
- Part 1: The examinee is given five minutes to write a 50-75 word note on a supplied topic, geared to the low-intermediate level.
- Part 2: The examinee is given 20 minutes to write a 175-225 word piece expressing and supporting his or her opinion on an upper-level written topic.
Speaking — 5 minutes/ two parts (plus one minute warm-up section)
- Part 1: The examinee hears and reads a short question geared to low-intermediate level, then has 30 seconds to prepare a spoken response and 45 seconds to speak.
- Part 2: The examinee hears a brief upper-level statement presenting two sides of an issue, then is asked to express his or her thoughts on the topic, with 45 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak.
The test will determine an overall proficiency level from 0 (Beginner) to 6 (Advanced), as well as individual proficiency levels from 0 to 6 for each of the skills and sub-skills tested. The overall scores combine the results of the skill sections, and for greater accuracy, they are expressed to one decimal point (from 0.0 to 6.0). The test is graded as follows:
- The grammar, listening, and reading sections are scored automatically by iTEP software.
- Each test section is weighed equally, and there is no penalty in the multiple-choice sections for guessing or incorrect answers.
- The writing and speaking sections are evaluated by native English-speaking, ESL-trained professionals, according to a standardized scoring rubric.
- The official score report presents an individual’s scoring information, displaying an examinee’s strengths and weaknesses in each of the skills and sub-skills evaluated by the test.