iTEP Conversation

iTEP Conversation test brochure cover

Sometimes a simple 30-minute speaking assessment is exactly what institutions need. That’s why the iTEP Conversation test is our flagship test. Almost all of our J1 Visa Sponsors and overseas partners use it.

iTEP Conversation provides test-takers an opportunity to speak freely about things they already know. So, questions are friendly, and cover topics one might expect in a casual conversation. Therefore, all questions are free-response (as opposed to multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blanks) to allow test-takers to speak as much as they are able.

iTEP Conversation is most commonly administered online and on-demand. As a result, students can take the test anywhere there is a computer and high-speed Internet connection. Most importantly there is no need for proctors, staff or a secure testing room.

The iTEP Conversation test takes only 30 minutes. In addition, iTEP’s FotoSure® software photographs the test-taker throughout the exam, and our Item Bank feature live streams content to ensure that no two tests are alike.

Watch a video all about the iTEP Conversation test.

What is the structure of iTEP Conversation?
  1. Opening Questions — 2 minutes/ Test-taker introduces him/herself and speaks about friends and family.
  2. Short Passage Reading — 1 minute/ Test-taker reads an intermediate-level passage of approximately 85 words.
  3. Short Answer — 1 minute/ Test-taker answers three questions about an informal, everyday topic.
  4. Photos A & B — 1 minute/ two photos Test-taker answers three brief questions about 2 photos.
  5. Documents — 1 minute/ two documents Test-taker answers three questions based on a document presented on the screen.
  6. Topic Discussion — 2 minutes/ Test-taker is given one minute to prepare a minute-long response offering their personal opinion after being asked about a topic.
  7. Agree or Disagree? — 2 minutes/ Two different sides of an issue are presented; the test-taker gives a one-minute response on the issue presented.
Which customers are using iTEP Conversation?

iTEP is dedicated to providing its partners with a reliable and accessible English assessment tool as well as a supportive network of experienced staff at their service. As a result, we hold partnerships on all corners of the globe. See a list of our existing clients by category, here.

Compare iTEP Conversation to ELTiS

Click Here to compare the iTEP Conversation test to the ELTiS 1.0 test. A print-quality ELTiS 1.0 Equivalency Score sheet is also available here.

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