The City School is an English speaking school system and all instruction is in English in every school.

To hire the highest quality teachers, our teacher recruitment process requires an English Language Proficiency Test. For this purpose, we require all of our academic and non-academic faculty to take English Language Assessment. These on-line tests examine English speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency. You can prepare for these tests using the links below, which we highly recommend.

iTEP Academic-Plus/Business-Plus Structure

In each section, examinees will encounter content and questions targeted to varying levels of proficiency.

Grammar — one part

Part 1.      Fifteen fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice questions testing the examinee’s familiarity with key features of English structure; questions range from high beginning to advanced.

Listening — three parts

Part 1.    Five short conversations, each followed by at least one question.

Part 2.    Two longer conversations or announcements followed by multiple questions.

Part 3.    One two-to-four-minute lecture, followed by five multiple-choice questions.

Vocabulary — two parts

Part 1.    Six fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice questions.

Part 2.    Four multiple-choice questions testing the examinee’s familiarity with synonyms, and phrasal verbs and idioms.

Reading — two parts

Part 1.    One intermediate-level passage (160 words) followed by four multiple-choice questions.

Part 2.    One intermediate-level passage (450 words) followed by six multiple-choice questions.

Writing — two parts

Part 1.    The examinee is given five minutes to write a 50-100 word note on a supplied topic, geared to the intermediate level.

Part 2.    The examinee is given 20 minutes to write a 175-250 word piece expressing and supporting his or her opinion on an upper-level written topic.

Speaking — two parts (plus one minute warm-up section)

Part 1.    The examinee hears and reads a short question geared to the 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.