English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes
Following a needs analysis conducted with key stakeholders in Ireland and research into best practice in testing and assessment worldwide, ETAPP has been developed to meet the needs and requirements of international students and the third-level institutions which receive them, as well as non-Irish nationals wishing to work in a professional context in Ireland.
ETAPP was launched in November 2007 and has been going from strength to strength. Sessions have been run in Riyadh, in Waterford Institute of Technology, and here in Dublin. Candidates have come from Saudi Arabia, Belarus, China, India, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Poland, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. The feedback we have received from candidates has been very positive. For some of their comments please click here.
ETAPP is accepted as the end-of-course exam for courses on the Department of Education and Science Internationalisation Register of ACELS approved courses.
ETAPP is accepted by the Department of Justice and the GNIB as a test of English language proficiency.
ETAPP has been accepted by a number of third level institutions for entry onto their courses and is under consideration by others. For a full list of institutions currently accepting ETAPP please click here.
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Format of ETAPP
The test consists of four papers dealing with the four skills as outlined below:
The Listening and Reading sections are always taken before the Writing section. This is because the input from the Listening and Reading may be used in the Writing section. The Speaking Test may be taken before or after the other components of the test. All components of the test are taken on the same day.
Who should take ETAPP?
This test has been produced to meet the needs of :
international students preparing to study in third level institutions in Ireland
non-Irish nationals who wish to work in a professional context in Ireland and who need to show evidence of language proficiency.
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How is ETAPP assessed?
Assessment follows the Council of Europe scale of language
proficiency and has been devised to identify the Levels B1, B2 and
C1, which are the key points for entry to foundation year, pre-sessional
or undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These levels also correspond
to the levels required for entry into professional areas such as
medicine, banking, and IT, and serve as neutral and formal indicators
of competence for professional purposes. The test is comparable to
IELTS and TOEFL in content and objective. If you would like a table
of equivalents for these exams, please click here
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Interpretation of ETAPP Scores: