Test Structure

iTEP Conversation Test Structure

Section Format & Time Description
Part 1 Audio questions that also appear on screen

» One minute preparation

» One minute to speak

Opening Questions

Test-taker asked to introduce him/herself and speak about friends and family

Part 2 Part 2 – Reading Aloud
A reading selection will appear on the screen for you to read out loud

» One minute preparation

» One minute to speak

Short Passage Reading

Test-taker asked to read an intermediate-level passage of approximately 85 words, speaking clearly and accurately

Part 3 Part 3 – Short Answer
Three audio questions that also appear on Screen

» 30 seconds preparation

» 30 seconds to speak

Short Answer – Specific Topic

Test-taker asked to answer questions about an informal, everyday topic

Part 4
2 Sections
Part 4 – Photos
Section A
Photo – with three questions

» 30 seconds preparation

» 30 seconds to speak

Photo – Response Section

Test-taker is shown two photos and asked to answer three brief questions about each

Part 4 – Photos
Section B

Photo – with three questions

» 30 seconds preparation

» 30 seconds to speak

Part 5 Part 5 – Documents
Document Selection Section
Three questions

» 30 seconds preparation

» 30 seconds to speak

Document – Short Answer

Test-taker is asked to answer three questions of personal choice based on a document presented on screen

Part 6
2 Sections
Part 6 – Topic Discussion
Section A
One question

» One minute preparation

» One minute to speak

Topic Discussion

Test-taker is asked about a topic and given one minute to prepare a minute-long response offering a personal opinion

Part 6 – Agree or Disagree?
Section B
One question

» One minute preparation

» One minute to speak

Agree or Disagree?

Two different sides of an issue are presented and the test-taker is asked to support one with a minute-long response

Prior to the start of the test, there is a short preliminary section which guides the examinee through a series of steps to ensure technical compatibility and test-taker readiness. This includes the complete technical checklist of the software required for test administration, as well as test-taker identification items such as log in and registration. The preliminary section is included in the sub-30-minute total length of the test.

Delivery Method

iTEP Conversation is most commonly administered by institutions on their own office computers. iTEP staff is available to troubleshoot and guide you through the process. iTEP Conversation can also be administered on home computers if test security is not a concern.

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