An English Test Specifically for Au Pairs
Part of the au pair experience is learning a new language and culture. Yet, au pairs need to know a certain level of English to be successful in English-speaking countries. Organizations that place au pairs have to strike this balance, so we created iTEP Au Pair to help them streamline their evaluation process. It is the first and only English test specifically designed to evaluate au pairs.
iTEP Au Pair is used by agencies to screen J-1 Visa applicants with ease. It can be incorporated seamlessly into existing evaluation procedures, and enables agencies to assure their clients that the au pairs they place have the English skills necessary to succeed in an English-speaking environment.
Assessing the Relevant Skills
For someone working as an au pair, the ability to speak English and understand English are of great importance. On the other hand, written grammar will almost never be required, so why require extensive testing of skills that won’t even be necessary?
iTEP Au Pair assesses the speaking and listening skills needed by Au Pairs. By scoring well on the test, prospective au pairs demonstrate that they are capable of communicating verbally in English in a domestic setting. This ensures they can receive and follow specific instructions and have the language skills necessary to effectively tend to the needs of their host families.
Thousands of au pairs enter the US on J-1 Visas each year, and they are placed by a wide variety of organizations. Agencies that use iTEP Au Pair to qualify applicants have a competitive advantage. iTEP Au Pair can be administered on almost any office computer in 30 minutes and scores are available within 5 business days (sooner in some cases). The test can also be administered at one of the hundreds of Certified iTEP Test Centers around the world. This convenient and uniquely calibrated exam enables agencies to know more about their au pairs’ abilities while expending less energy to evaluate them.