The International Test of English Language Proficiency (ITELP) is a three hour, paper-based test that includes the following 5 sections:
- Structure of Written English (20 multiple choice questions)
- Structure of Oral English (20 multiple choice questions)
- Reading Comprehension (35 multiple choice questions)
- Aural Comprehension (35 multiple choice questions)
- Writing Composition
ITELP also includes a direct test of writing (based on writing a composition that includes reference to elements from four 'opinion samples' related to the topic, so as not only to engage students in a process similar to actual research writing, but also to discourage inclusion of memorized material).
The test is structured specifically to elicit demonstration of language skills at or near a level suitable for entry to post-secondary education. That is the recommended use of the test: especially because the ITELP is largely an indirect test, it is not an alternative or an equivalent for the direct-measurement tests authorized by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. Also, the ITELP is not suitable as a general placement test because of its emphasis on higher-level questions; most low-skilled candidates will receive unsatisfactory scores, which indicate little more than that the student is far from ready for post-secondary study. Thus, the ITELP is designed for effective use with large numbers of test candidates in circumstances where the time-frame is relatively constrained.