IPT Oral English

IPT Early Childhood
(Ages 2 ½ - 5 ½)

Pre-IPT English
(Ages 3-5)

IPT I-Oral English
(Grades K-6)

IPT II-Oral English
(Grades 6-12)


  • To quickly and accurately evaluate English learners’ oral proficiency in English
  • To test language minority students for initial identification and redesignation
  • To provide placement information for instructional programs
  • To monitor progress and growth in English language development
  • To provide diagnostic information for program planning


  • Quick, accurate, and easy to administer
  • Administered individually and scored as students are being tested
  • Sample items at the beginning of the test designed to help students become comfortable with test format
  • Examiner script and acceptable student responses are printed in the test booklet, or online if testing using the OnlineIPT
  • Remote testing is available for all OnlineIPT tests


  • IPT Early Childhood and the Pre-IPT are designed for the preschool child who is not used to taking tests, the tests center around a story, giving young students a low-anxiety context in which to demonstrate their language abilities
  • IPT I and II English: Alternate forms for pre- and post-testing; either form may be used for initial identification or redesignation
  • IPT II: Also normed on sixth graders; convenient for middle schools with grades 6-8
  • Written and normed according to American Psychological Association (APA) standards
  • Up-to-date norms reflect current population of test-takers
  • Aligned to TESOL standards
  • Comprehensive assessment of listening and speaking skills—assesses vocabulary, comprehension, syntax, and verbal expression
  • Assesses BICS and CALP


  • Immediate results—no outside scoring necessary; no complicated formulas to compute
  • Raw scores, IPT Proficiency Levels, and Designations
    • Proficiency Levels: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, and Advanced
    • Designations: Non-, Limited, and Fluent
  • Standardized scores (scaled scores, percentiles, NCEs) for flexible score use
  • Diagnostic profile to evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses relative to other students scoring at the same test level
  • Ideal for placement into ELD programs such as Carousel of IDEAS/Champion of IDEAS