TIE - Test of Interactive English


Online TIE Sessions

Please click the below link to find more information regarding Online TIE sessions 

During periods of increased government restrictions, online sessions will take place instead of physical sessions. We are well positioned to facilitate online exam sessions whenever required until such a time where restrictions are lifted enabling us to administer physical sessions once more.

COVID 19 Measures
  • Exams administered online
  • Full Invigilation
  • Results and certificates in standard time frame
  • Peace of mind for students

Welcome to IELT - Interactive English Language Tests Ltd.

We are responsible for the management and administration of the Test of Interactive English (TIE) and the English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP).  The aim of this website is to provide information about the examinations as well as support for teachers preparing candidates.

The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an international EFL exam developed in Ireland by a group of Irish English language professionals under the aegis of the Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS), a government agency which was responsible at that time for quality assurance in English language teaching. TIE can be taken by junior and adult students on either short or long courses in Ireland as well as abroad.

The English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) was developed, trialled, and piloted to exacting standards by IELT in collaboration with ACELS and under the guidance of international experts in the field of language testing and assessment. It has been specifically designed for students who wish to study in a third level institution and for professionals who wish to enhance their professional profile by demonstrating a competence in English. For more information on ETAPP please click here.


TIE has been designed for all students over the age of 18 of all abilities and motivations following either long or short courses in language schools or other educational institutions. TIE is a learner-centred exam which is flexible, i.e., designed to recognise and accommodate the needs and interests of each learner whatever their level of English, age, cultural or educational background. The test is task-based with the content chosen by each individual learner and can therefore be used to assess learners with the following needs and motivations:

  • learners of English for general purposes;
  • learners of English for vocational, professional or academic purposes;
  • learners of English as a second language.


Junior TIE (JTIE)
Junior TIE is designed for all students attending secondary schools. In all other respects the preparation and conduct of the exam is similar to TIE – any procedural changes are explained in the teachers’ guidelines.

Some of the key services we offer to schools either offering or planning to offer TIE are:

  • Biannual presentations on TIE to teachers and other interested parties
  • Handbooks for teachers and school principals


TIE is administered and certified by IELT Interactive Language Tests Ltd.

For more information on either exam, please contact us by emailing: info@ielt.ie. or alternatively contact the office by phone.

45 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2.
Tel: 00 353 1 662 5991,
Fax: 00 353 1 6765687,