Test-taking Tips

The ELTiS measures your ability to understand English in the school setting. ELTiS has two sections: Listening and Reading. There are 24 test questions in the Listening section and 26 test questions in the Reading section.

Test Sections Test Parts Number
of Questions
Test Length
Listening
  • Follow Classroom Directions
  • Comprehend Mathematical Language
  • Understand Classroom Dialogue
  • Listen and Respond to Academic Lectures
24 25 mins.
Reading
  • Demonstrate Vocabulary Knowledge
  • Read a Graph
  • Read and Respond to Academic Tests
26 45 mins.

The Listening section tests how well you understand English spoken at school. You will listen to recordings and answer questions about what you hear. You will read the questions in a test booklet and hear them read aloud on the recording, and you will fill in your answers on an answer sheet. The recording has a pause after each question to give you time to answer the question. All the listening passages are played once, except for the ones assessing comprehension of mathematical language, which are played twice to help you focus on the details. The questions in the ELTiS Listening section focus on main ideas, details, and implied meanings.

To do well in the ELTiS Listening section, you should pay attention to the meaning of what the speakers on the recording are saying. You can practice, for example, by listening to the dialogue in TV programs, movies, or online videos in English and trying to understand what the speakers are saying without reading the subtitles. Tasks in language classes that involve listening to conversations or presentations and making an outline of what the speakers were saying is also helpful. While you are practicing, it is okay to listen to the passage many times, but note that you are not trying to write down every word. If writing down the dialogue helps you learn, you can do that sometimes, but in the end, your main aim should be to understand what the speakers mean

The Reading section tests your ability to understand written English in the school context. The first part asks you to complete sentences with an academic word or phrase to make them meaningful. In the other two test parts, you will see graphs and read textbook-like passages from a range of subject areas (such as Science or History). The questions ask about the main ideas, details, implied meanings, and vocabulary in context. As with the Listening section, the main aim is for you to show that you understand what the text means.

To do well in the ELTiS Reading section, you need to focus on the meaning of textbook-like text. You can practice by reading informational texts in magazines, books, and online sources and figuring out what they are saying. You can practice reading strategies such as monitoring your own understanding, keeping track of the author’s point while you read so that you notice if the text as a whole suddenly doesn’t make sense, slowing down and re-reading, and using word parts or the surrounding text to figure out the meaning of words or phrases that you don’t understand. While you are studying, it is also often helpful to look up meanings of unknown words in a dictionary, though you will not be allowed to use a dictionary during the test. Knowing the meaning of many academic words will also help you during the first part of the ELTiS Reading section.

Take the practice test to see examples of the test questions.

On the day of the test:
  • Be prepared to prove your identity: bring an ID card with your picture.
  • You will need a blue or black pen or a No. 2 (HB) pencil, but no eraser. You will learn about how to change any answers if you need to during the test.
  • Do NOT bring dictionaries, textbooks, mobile phones, or digital devices, as these are not allowed in the testing room.
  • Follow the instructor’s directions and work only on the section of the test you have been asked to complete.
  • Fill in all the information about yourself on the front cover of the answer sheet.
  • Ask questions only when the instructor says you can do so.
  • Answer every question.
  • Relax and do your best.