The General Tests of English Language Proficiency assess English Language Proficiency
at five different levels of functional ability

The levels vary with respect to the types of language tasks and their level of complexity.
Test results provide an overall evaluation of general ability and meaningful diagnostic information on the different language subskills of listening, reading, vocabulary, and grammar.

The multiple-choice format ensures the reliability of results through standardized administration and objective scoring and is efficient and cost-effective. Parallel forms, developed continuously, afford opportunities for re-testing or for pre- and post-testing with different test items at each of the five levels.

The subtests at the different levels vary somewhat in length, as is appropriate to the levels of skill as well as to differences in the nature and complexity of the language tasks being assessed.

For example, more emphasis is placed on listening skills at the lowest level (Level Five), with tasks that include understanding simple classroom instructions. In contrast, more emphasis is placed on reading skills at the highest level (Level One), with tasks that include understanding an exposition of a complex scientific topic.

The G-TELP battery assesses English language proficiency in the following skill areas:

Level One : Listening, Reading and Vocabulary
Levels Two, Three, Four and Five : Grammar, Listening, Reading and Vocabulary

An appropriate proficiency level is selected by examining the G-TELP Test Descriptors, which are comprehensive descriptions of the language tasks that are specified at each of the five proficiency levels, and by reviewing the sample test questions.

G-TELP Format

LevelSkill AreaNumber of QuestionsTimeSkill Description
Level 1Listening30Approx. 30 minAuthentic English in Complex Communication
Reading and Vocabulary7070 min.Authentic Modified English in Normal Communication
Level 2Grammar2620 min.Authentic Modified English in Normal Communication
Listening26Approx. 30 min
Reading and Vocabulary2840 min.
Level 3Grammar2220 min.Modified English in Simple Communication
Listening24Approx. 20 min
Reading and Vocabulary2440 min.
Level 4Grammar2020 min.Basic English in Simple Communication
Listening20Approx. 15 min
Reading and Vocabulary2025 min.
Level 5Grammar1615 min.Basic Classroom English
Listening16Approx.15 min
Reading and Vocabulary1825 min.


The test scores are determined by the number of correct answers. A score for each section (Listening, Reading and Vocabulary, Grammar) is expressed as a percentage of correct answers and the total score is determined by the average percentage of three sections.

The score report provides Overall Proficiency with three indicators.
-Mastery: An examinee who achieves 75% or greater in all three sections
-Near-mastery: An examinee who achieves 75% or greater in two of three sections
-No Mastery: An examinee who achieves 75% or greater in less than two sections

SectionPercentage ScoresMastery
Grammar100- Mastery: An examinee who achieves 75% or greater in all three sections

-Near-mastery: An examinee who achieves 75% or greater in two of three sections
Reading and Vocabulary100
Total Score300
Average Percentage of the Scores100

*The degrees of mastery don’t indicate whether or not a test-taker passed or failed.

What does the G-TELP assess?
In the G-TELP, the emphasis is on determining functional ability to carry out well-defined language tasks as well as knowledge of the structure of the language. The grammar section involves ample context and realistic situations. In the listening section, a variety of speakers are presented. In the listening and reading sections, two types of questions assess the examinee's ability to understand explicitly stated information and to draw inferences from explicitly and implicitly stated information. Reading comprehension questions include an appropriate proportion of selected vocabulary in the context of the specific reading tasks.
How is the G-TELP administered?
The G-TELP can be administered on demand to individuals or groups at the premises of an institution or organization, or at designated testing locations (depending on the country). Local licensing for distribution can be arranged.
How long does the G-TELP take to administer?
The time duration for the G-TELP tests varies with examinee ability levels. Levels Four and Five take approximately one hour to administer, plus additional time for instructions. Levels One through Three take approximately one and a half hours to administer, plus additional time for instructions.
What kinds of scores are reported?
Examinees' scores are interpreted in relation to degree of mastery of clearly defined learning tasks or objectives. Several different scores are reported on a score report that presents a profile of detailed diagnostic information. Scores are also summarized by class or group, and provide individual and summary data.
Where is the G-TELP scored?
The G-TELP is scored at the International Testing Services Center (ITSC). Local scoring of the G-TELP is conducted in certain country locations by special arrangement and under strict ITSC guidelines.