Why should I do this test?
The following are all excellent reasons for doing the TIE examination:
- TIE has
been designed according to sound methodological principles.
- TIE is
recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Science
and for credito formativo in Italy.
- TIE has been recognised by ASEP as an English language examination for Greece. Click here for details.
- TIE assesses
your levels of written and spoken English and separate
grades are awarded for each part of the test
follows the Common European Framework and the
TIE certificate is
suitable for inclusion in
a European Language or Europass Portfolio.
quality assurance checks are in place to ensure
- TIE can
be taken by learners at any level.
can be taken at regular times every month in
Ireland. In Italy exams are twice yearly
at other times subject to a minimum number
feedback is provided to teachers
are sent out within ten
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How do I prepare?
You need to do three tasks and record
them in a logbook:
out a short project on a subject of interest to you
a book of your choice in English at your level
a News Story in the newspapers and/or on TV or radio.
advice on how to prepare please refer to the student guidelines
or teachers’ handbook
available from TIE Examinations
What does the test consist of?
The test is in two parts – a speaking test (OTIE) and a written test
In the oral test you present
your project, talk about either
book or news
story and talk to your partner
to reach a decision based on
examiner will give you.
In the writing test you are required
to produce two pieces of writing.
You write about either your book
story for the first task and
for the second you write something
have not prepared.
How long does the test take?
The writing test takes 1 hour
and the speaking test takes 30
minutes for Junior TIE).
Where can I take the test?
The test can be taken in any
TIE centre (usually the candidate’s own
school) or at TIE Examinations Limited in the case of individual candidates.
How long in advance must I register?
You need to register ten working
days before you wish to take
the test but
every effort will be made to
facilitate late entries. Tests
candidates are arranged on a
How do I register?
Schools can register candidates
by contacting TIE Examinations
a date and time for the examination.
They can then submit completed
application forms at least five
before the examination.
Timetables will then
be sent out in advance of the
examination to facilitate preparation
for the oral and written exams
and the provision of an invigilator
Individual candidates should
contact TIE at least 10 working
advance of their preferred
date to check
availability; they can then
submit an application
form. In the case
of both schools and individuals
fees must be paid
in advance and
under no circumstances will
results or certificates
be issued before payment
has been received.
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How is the test assessed?
test is assessed according to the Council of Europe’s
Common European framework of Language Proficiency. The grades for
the two examinations are slightly different:
When do I get my results?
are issued and certificates sent within 10 working days. All results
are sent to the schools or centres entering the candidates
and it is their responsibility to ensure that candidates
receive their certificates.
Where can I get more information?
You can get more information from the Director of Studies at your
school or you can e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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