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Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) – University of Reading

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    A highly respected test of your academic English language skills

Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)

If English is not your first language, you can use the TEEP as evidence of your English language skills when applying for a degree course at Reading and a number of other UK universities.

The TEEP was developed here at the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) at Reading to assess language skills for university study. By taking the TEEP at Reading, you benefit from a test that:

  • assesses the writing, reading, speaking and listening skills needed for successful university study
  • focuses on your understanding of a topic – one of the main skills you need for university study
  • operates high standards of marking
  • delivers your results within 10 days.

Who accepts the TEEP as an entry qualification?

The University of Reading

We accept the TEEP as a valid English language qualification for entry on to our degree courses.

As such, we also use the TEEP as part of our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme. By taking this programme, you can achieve an exit score that represents your best English language performance. This is because:

  • the programme content matches the test
  • the final assessment uses the best of two grades, either your TEEP or continuous assessment score.

Other universities

A number of other UK universities accept this highly respected English language test for entry on to their degree courses. You should check that TEEP is accepted at your chosen university before you apply for the test.

How we test you

The TEEP assesses your reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context. It also includes an assessment of your grammar and vocabulary (“Language knowledge”). It has the following parts:

Part  Time allowed  Format
Part 1: Language knowledge  25 minutes 50 multiple-choice questions
Part 2: Focus task  10 minutes This part is not assessed – it provides you with time to start planning your essay for part 5
Part 3: Reading  35 minutes Questions requiring short written answers – tests your understanding of a sample of academic text
Part 4: Listening  25 minutes Questions requiring short written answers – tests your understanding of a lecture
Part 5: Writing  1 hour A formal, academic-style essay based on the title given in part 2
Part 6: Speaking  25 minutes A three-minute talk about the given topic followed by a discussion of this topic with another candidate and an examiner – observed by an assessor


The test is based on two topics:

  • parts 2 to 5 are based on the same topic
  • part 6 focuses on a different topic.

Topics vary, but examples include: crime; education; international aid; language and culture; tourism; and world health.

General notes

  • Parts 1 to 5 take approximately three hours in total – there are no breaks.
  • Part 6 is separate – it usually follows a lunch break.
  • Dictionaries are not allowed.
  • Speaking tests are recorded for moderation.


The results of your tests are graded on a scale from 0 to 9 (including half grades): 

  • you receive separate grades for each individual skill (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • your overall grade is the average of these four grades
  • if you achieve a borderline overall grade (i.e. a score at .25 or .75), your overall grade is rounded down to the nearest half-band (i.e. a score at .0 or .5). However, if your grade for part 1 is “above average”, your overall grade is rounded up to the nearest half-band.

You will receive your results within 10 days of taking the test; these will also be sent to the Admissions team at Reading.

We use a double-marking system to ensure reliable results; however, if you think there has been a mistake and want to request a review, please contact

Practice tests

To practise the TEEP in advance, you can use the example materials provided here. Follow the instructions in the booklets. You should attempt the focus task, reading, listening and writing parts together – this will take about 2 hours 15 minutes. You can do the language knowledge part at the same time or separately.

Test documents

Answer documents

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Speaking test

The speaking part of the test involves two candidates talking to each other and the examiner. 

Example of the TEEP speaking test

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TEEP Testing Video

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Apply for the TEEP

Find out more about fees, upcoming test dates and how to apply for the TEEP.

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