Test of Interactive English (TIE)

TIE Exam

The TIE Exam (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 different needs and motivations.

Junior TIE Exam
Junior TIE (JTIE) 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 Exam Handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I do this test?

  • TIE is certified by IELT and recognised as a valid Exit Exam for English Language courses listed on the ILEP by The Irish Department of Justice and Equality
  • TIE can be taken by learners at any level.
  • TIE is available to students weekly in Dublin at the IELT premises.
  • Statements of results are sent to schools or Individual candidates within 14 working days.
  • Certificates are usually sent out within one month.
  • TIE assesses your levels of written and spoken English and separate grades are awarded for each part of the test.
  • Rigorous quality assurance checks are in place to ensure validity and reliability.
  • Assessment follows the Common European Framework and the TIE certificate is suitable for inclusion in a European Language or Europass Portfolio.


How do I prepare?
You need to do three tasks and record them in a logbook:

  • Carry out a short project on a subject of interest to you
  • Read a book of your choice in English at your level
  • Follow a News Story in the newspapers and/or on TV or radio.


 What does the test consist of?

The test is in two parts – a speaking test (OTIE) and a written test (WTIE).
In the oral test you present your project, talk about either your book or news story and talk to your partner to reach a decision based on some material the examiner will give you.
In the writing test you are required to produce two pieces of writing. You write about either your book or news story for the first task and for the second you write something which you have not prepared.


 How long does the test take?

The writing test takes 1 hour and the speaking test takes 30 minutes (25 minutes for Junior TIE).


How is the test assessed?

The test is assessed according to the Council of Europe’s Common European framework of Language Proficiency.

Where can I take the test?

Schools may organise for sessions to take place on their own premises (minimum 12 candidates) or else Individuals may take the test weekly at the IELT premises.

How long in advance must I register?

Test dates get filled up very quickly so it is advisable to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


 How do I register?

Schools and Individual Candidates can register candidates by contacting IELT to arrange a date and time for the examination. They can then submit the Booking Form along with full payment for the session.

 How much does it cost?

The cost of the test is €110 for adults and €100 for juniors. Payment must be made at the time of booking the exam.


When do I get my results?

Statement of results are issued within 14 working days of doing the test and certificates are usually sent within 1 month. All results are sent to the Schools or Centres entering the candidates and it is their responsibility to ensure that candidates receive their certificates.