The ISLPR® test is like no other English test available in Australia.
Why? Unlike other English tests, the ISLPR® is a personal, one-to-one English test. This means, the content of the test is specific to your background and needs.
For example, if you are required to complete an ISLPR® test to become a registered teacher in Australia, the content of your ISLPR® test will be based on teaching related topics. Similarly, if you need to do an English test to gain entry into a Bachelor of Business, the content of your ISLPR® test will be based on business related topics.
“I found if you have some tricks and some fortune, you can pass other tests. ISLPR is different; you have to be good to get the score you need. For ISLPR you just have to improve your English. With other tests you don’t have to understand the texts; you just have to attempt to answer the questions…”
The ISLPR® test examines people of ALL levels of English proficiency fairly.
An important principle of the ISLPR® is that the test should give a direct indication of the candidate’s ability to use English for practical purposes. Tasks are designed to reflect real-life language use.
For more information on the content of each part of the test, read our guidelines posts here:
The interview begins with a conversation about everyday topics and the particular areas of need or interest of the candidate.
In the second part of the interview, there are Listening and Reading tasks in which candidates are asked questions about authentic texts such as news stories and public announcements and give spoken answers (generally using their own words to prove that they have understood the texts).Throughout the interview, the candidate’s fluency, range of language and appropriateness of language as well as the accuracy of their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are important.
Writing tasks reflect the kinds of writing that candidates do in their daily lives. The candidate will be asked to complete two tasks within the 60-minute time frame. The first task is 150 words and the second is 250 words.
For more information on the writing test, click here.
Part tests (e.g. just a Writing test) are also offered, but you must check with the end-user (e.g. University or registration board) if they will accept a part-test.
Results from tests completed on two separate occasions will never be combined.
Test results are reported as a profile, e.g. S:2, L:2+, R:2+, W:2.
Brief summaries of each of the levels of the scale, is given on the page ‘Summary of ISLPR’.