Using iTEP Conversation To Accept And Place Work And Travel Students

The information in the table below is based on years of iTEP Conversation test scores. Thousands of Work and Travel students have been tested with the iTEP Conversation exam. These scores have been used to accept students into the Work and Travel program and then used to place students in summer jobs. This chart is a starting point to accept students into the program. The "typical jobs" are just suggestions. For example, if you find a student has a good attitude and self-confidence, they may be able to take on a higher rated job. Let iTEP take care of assessing English proficiency, and you can concentrate on other student qualities.

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Under each Numerical Score range you will see one or two arrows. Click on an arrow to hear a sample audio file from that range. Note that students are answering different questions. If there are two arrows, the top one has a higher score within the range.

Numerical Score


Typical Jobs

90 - 100

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Students know the rules for English and can express themselves very well. Pronunciation and intonation are clear.  

They have a sufficient range of language to react well to situations involving instructions from supervisors, and the safety and well-being of customers and of themselves.

• Front Desk

• Host/Hostess

• Ride Attendant

• Retail Sales

• Call Center

• Reservations

• Games Attendant

• Lifeguard

• Ski Instructor

• Ski lift attendant

80 - 89

itep conversation place students

Students have learned the rules for English sentences and can express themselves mostly clearly on many topics with a variety of sentence structures and verb tenses.  Pronunciation and intonation are mostly clear.

They have a sufficient range of language to describe unpredictable situations, explain the main points in an idea or problem, and express thoughts on abstract and cultural topics.  They can address safety issues for themselves and others.

• Reception

• Wait Staff

• Bartender

• Small Inn General Staff

• Convenience Store

• Fast Food Service

• Ride Assistance

• Ticket Sales

• Cashier

• Sous Chef

• Ski Rental Clerk

• Ski Cafeteria Cashier

• Ski Shop Sales

70 - 79

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Students can express most ideas, but may have problems with very complex thoughts. They may make mistakes with non-routine situations, especially with things like verb tense and plurals.

Pronunciation and intonation are still developing, but most of what they say is understood. They may hesitate a bit while searching for words.

• Cook

• Barback

• Busser

• Cafeteria Service

• Food Preparation

• Maintenance

• Housekeeping at Inn

• Snow Maker

• Ski Mountain Maintenance

55 - 69

itep conversation place students
itep conversation place students

Students know the basic rules for English sentences. They can express simple ideas, but might have problems with more complex sentences. They are comfortable talking about familiar topics, but for non-routine situations might make mistakes with things like verb tense and number agreement.

They are still building vocabulary, but know enough words to respond to familiar topics.

• Dishwasher

• Housekeeping

• Cleaning

• Painting

• Laundry

• Delivery

• Parking Attendant (not valet)

40 - 54

itep conversation place students
itep conversation place students

Students have a basic understanding of English, but will often hesitate while contemplating a response.  Vocabulary and grammar are still developing, and they may have difficulty when a quick response is required.

• Assistant (with limited need for English)

25 - 40

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Students are at a beginner level of learning English and cannot yet verbally construct sentences that make communication understandable.

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