High School and Middle School English Assessment
iTEP SLATE (Secondary Level Assessment Test of English) is the most comprehensive tool for high schools, middle schools, and academies to measure the English proficiency of incoming ESL students and monitor the language development of students in existing English programs. iTEP SLATE is efficient, secure, accurate, affordable, and designed to meet the needs of young learners.
Slate Test Variants
iTEP SLATE is available in its Core and Plus forms which differ in the number of sections required and the delivery format. SLATE-Core is available in paper-based format.
iTEP SLATE-Plus assesses all three SLATE Core skills plus writing and speaking, and is 80 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation.
iTEP SLATE‑Core assesses grammar, listening, and reading, and is 50 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes for pre-test preparation.
iTEP SLATE Overview
The primary function of iTEP SLATE is to assess the English language proficiency level of middle and high school students of English as a second language.
- Placement of students within language programs
- Curriculum development and guiding course instruction
- Progress monitoring from entry to exit
- English-language teacher evaluations
- Determining eligibility for exchange programs
TEST FORMAT & DELIVERY
Online iTEP exams are delivered via the internet and must be administered at a secure location or a certified iTEP test center. The examinee completes the test in the following manner:
- During the grammar, listening, and reading sections, the examinee clicks on one of four answer choices for each question.
- Writing samples are typed directly into a text-entry field.
- Speaking samples are recorded with a headset and microphone at the examinee’s computer.
iTEP SLATE is available in its Core and Plus forms which differ in the number of sections required and the delivery
format. SLATE-Core is available in paper-based format.
iTEP SLATE Structure
In each section, examinees will encounter content and questions targeted to varying levels of proficiency.
A Grammar (Structure) — 10 minutes/ two parts
Part 1. Thirteen fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice questions testing the examinee’s familiarity with key features of English structure; questions range from beginner to advanced.
Part 2. Twelve multiple-choice questions where the examinee selects the part of speech with incorrect English structure; questions range from elementary to advanced.
B Listening — 20 minutes/ three parts
Part 1. Four high-beginning to low-intermediate level short conversations of two to three sentences, each followed by one multiple-choice question.
Part 2. One two- to three-minute intermediate-level conversation, followed by four multiple-choice questions.
Part 3. One four-minute upper-level lecture, followed by six multiple-choice questions.
C Reading — 20 minutes/ three parts
Part 1. Two low-intermediate level passages of approximately 50 words in length, followed by two multiple choice questions.
Part 2. One intermediate-level passage of approximately 200 words in length, followed by four multiple-choice questions.
Part 3. One low-advanced passage of approximately 500 words in length, followed by six multiple-choice questions.
D Writing — 25 minutes/ two parts
Part 1. The examinee is given five minutes to write a 50-75 word note on a supplied topic, geared to the low intermediate level.
Part 2. The examinee is given 20 minutes to write a 175-225 word piece expressing and supporting his or her opinion on an upper-level written topic.
E Speaking — 5 minutes/ two parts (plus one minute warm-up section)
Part 1. The examinee hears and reads a short question geared to low-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.
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