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If English is not your first language, you can use the TEEP (Test of English for Educational Purposes) to demonstrate your English language skills when applying for a degree course at Reading or several other UK universities.


Developed at Reading

The Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) was developed by the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) at Reading. It is a test to demonstrate the English language skills required for successful university study.

By taking the TEEP, you can benefit from:

  • An assessment that measures writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.
  • An assessment that focuses on your understanding of a topic, which is one of the primary skills you need for university study.

The TEEP operates with high marking standards and delivers your results within 10 days.

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. The paper-based test 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 a given topic followed by a discussion of this topic with another candidate and an examiner – observed by an assessor

The online version of the TEEP has some slight differences from the paper test.

If you wish to practise any part of the TEEP, please visit the Prepare for the TEEP page.


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 education, sustainability, 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.
  • Speaking tests are recorded for moderation.


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

 TEET testing video 

Who accepts TEEP as an entry qualification?

The University of Reading

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

We also use the test as part of our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme. Taking this programme means you can achieve an exit score representing your best English Language performance. You can show your skills under examination conditions and through coursework. 

Other universities

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