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iTEP in Ankara – Taking a Business English Certification?

iTEP is an interesting approach to business language in the workplace. Most other equivalent exams aim to prepare and test you before gaining employment or joining international teams. iTEP takes a much more proactive approach to

  • assessing potential recruits before employment
  • measuring and tracking progress and performance in use of English during employment
  • assessment for promotion or career path planning
  • assessment of multi-cultural use of English in business for international teamwork and cooperation
  • assessing the improvements gained after professional training courses

and other similar scenarios.

This realistic use of business English language more accurately reflects the kinds of situations that people are likely to experience when using English in the workplace. It can be used equally well to assess individuals or workgroups in use of the four core language skills.

iTEP uses a mix of scenarios and roleplay using work vocabulary and the cultural use of business language in both formal and informal situations. For these reasons it is even more important to get some expert help with your preparation. If you are planning on taking or re-taking iTEP in Ankara, we would love to help you. Business English is one of our strongest focus areas. Whichever certificate you are studying for, we can help. We have decades of business experience as business owners, managers, and investors. We have been successful in many different types of business. We are active in the business community in Ankara and other Turkish cities, as well as maintaining strong connections in the UK, the USA and Europe. For business English training in Ankara, there is nobody more experienced than us.

Is iTEP the right test for you?

There is no clear standard for business English certification. There are too many widely different potential situations where it can be used. Also, the market for businesses and organizations requiring a business English certificate is much smaller than the academic marketplace. It is still a useful thing to have, and iTEP provides a good accredited level that will be useful in most situations. We are happy to answer questions about preparing for your iTEP in Ankara, and to offer advice.

Is it good value for money?

iTEP is less well-established than the other more popular business English exams. It is accepted by over 700 institutions globally. There are over 600 test centres in over 40 countries. iTEP Business has been used by hundreds of academic institutions and many leading global companies. Use of the test is growing especially quickly in key emerging markets for international business, such as Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. It is offered as a computer-delivered test by appointment, with results available within one business day. It is also available as a paper-based test if requested. iTEP is also recognized by some universities and a range of governments around the world. iTEP is trusted by enough organizations to be worth the money, and has great practical value in workplaces where English is the working language.

What is it?International Test of English Proficiency, officiated by iTEP International LLC.
What is it used for?Applying to academic institutions for placement purposes, or for proof of English ability for career purposes.
What is in the exam?SectionFormatTypesTime

(2 Parts)
13 Multiple Choice QuestionsComplete the sentence10 Minutes
12 Multiple Choice QuestionsIdentify incorrect word or phrase

(3 Parts)
4 Multiple Choice Questions4 short conversations20 Minutes
4 Multiple Choice QuestionsOne 2-3 minute conversation
4 Multiple Choice QuestionsOne 4 minute business seminar

(2 Parts)
4 Multiple Choice Questions250 word passage20 Minutes
6 Multiple Choice Questions450 word passage

(2 Parts)
Written response of 50-75 words25 Minutes
Write 175-225 words to express and support an opinion on the topic

(2 Parts)
Prepare and speakListen and read a short question5 Minutes
Prepare and support an opinionListen to two sides of a topic
Total Exam Time1 Hour 20 Minutes

How is the test scored?There are five sections in the Official iTEP Score Report:

Grammar, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each section has the points converted to a percentage, which is then reflected as an iTEP banding score out from 0-6, roughly aligned to the CEFR A1-C2 ability range.

This table provides an approximate banding score.
iTEP Score Level DescriptionCEFR Level
6.0Upper advancedC2
4.0-4.9Upper IntermediateB2
What is a good iTEP score?A good score is whatever the University or employer you have applied to is asking you to achieve, or the employer asks for. It doesn’t matter what other people score, it’s all about you against the test.

The iTEP test is designed to provide an objective test of your ability across analysis of complex English skills, to meet the level of English required on your academic course or work environment.
Excellent Scores5.6 - 6.0Get a score of 5.6 or more and you are at approximately the same level as a native English speaker. With a score in this range, any institution or organisation asking you to provide an iTEP score will be satisfied.
Good Scores5.0 - 5.5Most of our students are aiming for a score of 5.0 or more. It is a solid result demonstrating good all round ability, and accepted by companies and academic institutions participating in the iTEP scheme.
Basic Acceptable Scores4.0-4.9If your aim is not academic excellence, but more about getting to a particular country, then a score in this range should enable you to attend a wide range of quite reasonable universities or gain employment or promotion in many companies.
Low Scores3.9 or less.This score will not be sufficient for most purposes, so it may be worth studying more and taking the test again to improve your score.

What are the iTEP alternatives?If the employer wants you to pass an exam, there are internationally accepted alternatives in BULATS and BEC, and many nationally accepted alternatives. You may also be asked to take a test specific to that institution or organisation.

We are happy to help you understand and choose the best exam and course for you.

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