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1. What is a standardized test?

A standardized test puts different variables in one same scale. This allows comparing test results between different variables. As a result, the communication skills of test takers are compared across all the levels of the CEFR to assure consistency and reliability of the results. This makes the test scores more reliable and objective in order for test takers and organizations to more confident of their English Proficiency level. The Test of English Communication Skills is a standardized test, due to the item calibration process and psychometric analysis.

2. Is the test aligned with the CEFR?

Yes. From the creation of the test items, writers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages descriptors and concepts. The results are shown using the CEFR level A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.

3. What is the difference between the TECS and EDE?

The Test of English Communication Skills – TECS – should be taken in a secure environment to assure the integrity of the test items. A picture ID is required and the test administrators are responsible for any fraud performed by the test taker. The TECS also includes the speaking assessment, through a comprehensive questions bank. The English Diagnosis Exam – EDE – Uses recycled TECS items, to diagnose the English proficiency of test takers Listening, Language and Reading comprehension. This test does not asses the speaking skills. The test may be taken by any person interested in knowing about their English Level, who do not require a certificate as this test is not taken in a secure environment. The EDE may be used as study material or placement test.

4. How many times may I take the TECS?

You may take the TECS as many times as you want in order to know your progress in your English proficiency level. Although there are some policies that assure the integrity of the questions and quality of results. The individual may take a second TECS, 10 days after the first time it is taken. If the result is similar to the first test, the individual will be blocked form taking the test for 6 months.

5. How long do I have to wait to get the TECS certificate?

The TECS certificate will be issued right after the test taker completes all the sections. It depends on the policies of the TECS administrator when they will send the certificate to the test taker.

6. How long is the certificate valid for?

Since the language, proficiency also depends on its frequency of use and practice. The TECS certificate is valid for two years. After this time, the individual must take the TECS again to confirm the English proficiency level.

7. Who authorizes the TECS as a legal and valid English proficiency certificate?

There is not any institution of legal office that authorizes English Proficiency Certificates. Testing companies and publishers use quality indicators to show the community it is a valid and reliable certificate of the English Proficiency of the person. ILTO uses the analysis performed by a third party as an audit to the test items quality and reliability that the TECS measures what it is supposed to measure. This is why we use indicators such as validity, consistency, accuracy. ILTO is part of the NCTA (National College Testing Association) and ILTA (International Language Testing Association). These two organization are made by experts in Language testing who have back ILTO and their testing products.

8. Who does the Speaking section of the TECS?

A Trained rater with a minimum of C1 English proficiency level and knowledge of the testing platform, is the person appointed to ask the questions and rate the answers of the test taker in the speaking section of the TECS.

9. How is ILTO and the TECS different from other tests?

ILTO is focused on creating real life, contextualized and communicative English communication tests that are closer to the reality of the individuals evaluated. We also understand the needs of the organization and strive to provide the support and solutions to analyze test scores and overall English language performance to set and meet their goals.

10. May I debate the results of the TECS?

The TECS has been psychometrically analyzed and studied; as a result, according to the Item Response Theory the reliability of the TECS is 0.95, which means that it evaluates what is supposed to. In another metric, the validity is 0.97 meaning that high quality items discriminate candidates based on English. The test is extremely accurate (SEM < 0.30) from approximately -1.0 to +3.0. This means that it serves the purpose of the test, to more accurately measure candidate’s English proficiency Level. The TECS has proven to be a high quality test under the psychometric analysis, meaning that the results are accurate and a clear description of the individual proficiency level. As a result, a revision of the results of an individual based on the test quality claim will need to be deeply analyzed. Should you want to refute your results, please write an email to