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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.
Level Skill Area Number of
Time Skill Description
Level 1 Listening 30 30 min. Authentic English in Complex Communication
Reading 60 30 min. Authentic Modified English in Normal Communication
Level 2 Grammar 26 20 min. Authentic Modified English in Normal Communication
Listening 26 30 min.
Reading and Vocabulary 28 40 min.
Level 3 Grammar 22 20 min. Modified English in Simple Communication
Listening 22 20 min.
Reading and Vocabulary 24 40 min.
Level 4 Grammar 20 20 min. Basic English in Simple Communication
Listening 20 15 min.
Reading and Vocabulary 20 25 min.
Level 5 Grammar 16 15 min. Basic Classroom English
Listening 16 15 min.
Reading and Vocabulary 18 15 min.
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.
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.
The time duration for the G-TELP subtests vary with examinee ability levels. Levels Five and Four take approximately one hour to administer, plus additional time for instructions. Levels Three through One take approximately one and one half hours to administer, plus additional time for instructions.
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.
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.