Worldwide English: TIE Examinations
What is TIE?
The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an international EFL exam developed in Ireland under the aegis of the Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS), a government agency responsible for quality assurance in English language teaching. It is recognised by the Department of Education and Science, Ireland.
TIE is designed to assess learners’ communicative and interactive skills in both predictable and spontaneous situations. It assesses the students’ level of language ability in speaking and writing, with the receptive skills (reading and listening) being tested indirectly through preparation for the test and through the skills required to interact effectively during the test.
Junior TIE and TIE
TIE is currently available in two formats – Junior TIE and TIE.
Junior TIE is designed for secondary school students. In all other respects the preparation and conduct of the exam is similar to TIE.
TIE has been designed for all students over the age of 18 of all abilities and motivations following either long or short courses in language schools or other educational institutions. TIE is a learner-centred exam which is flexible, i.e. designed to recognise and accommodate the needs and interests of each learner whatever their level of English, age, cultural or educational background. The test is task-based with the content chosen by each individual learner and can therefore be used to assess learners with the following needs and motivations:
● learners of English for general purposes;
● learners of English for business, professional or vocational purposes;
● learners of English as a second language.
TIE is in two parts – the Oral Test (30 minutes per 2 candidates) and the Written Test (60 minutes). All the elements of both parts are compulsory and are designed to build upon learners’ background knowledge, provide relevant language development opportunities to suit the needs of each student, and reflect tasks with which they will be familiar from the English language classroom and their daily lives. Both parts of the test must be taken on the same day. TIE is assessed using the Council of Europe’s Common Framework of Language Proficiency.
For further information about TIE and preparation for the TIE, please contact the school. Additional information can be found on the TIE website: www.tie.ie