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.
ETAPP is accepted by the Department of Justice and the GNIB as a test of
English language proficiency.
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 :
Interpretation of ETAPP Scores:
Results are available within ten working days. Successful candidates – i.e. those achieving an overall Council of Europe grade of B1 or higher, will receive an ETAPP Certificate. The result of the exam will be expressed as an overall grade. Discrete grades for each component will also be shown on the Certificate.
How do I apply?
How much does it cost?
Exams take place on the last Thursday of every month.
Sessions outside Dublin can be organised on request subject to a minimum number of 12 candidates.
To request a copy of any of the following publications free of charge please visit our download section here.
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