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Target Audience


The GEP English exams are designed for academic institutions, companies or individuals wishing to test the level of proficiency of their students at every step of their English language learning process.

CEFR Alignment


Since all GEP English Exams were developed from the ground up following the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, there is a one-to-one correlation between CEFR and GEP levels.

The decision to align the GEP English Exams with the CEFR provides institutions and organizations with an immediate two-fold benefit:

  • Compliance with international standards
  • Wide market acceptability
Skills Tested


All  online GEP English Exams at iTest English measure the main components of the English language learning process at every level of proficiency:

  • Language use (Grammar and vocabulary)
  • Listening skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing

The skills are measured against realistic situations in everyday life, with the appropriate vocabulary and language structure.

Skills Tested 2


There are three exams for young learners that have been expertly designed within the PRE A1 GEP English Exam framework. This evaluates students in their early language learning process. The three levels are:

Dolphins Exam advantage

The GEP Dolphins Exam initiates the testing sequence for young candidates at the Pre A1-1 Level.

The exam is designed to motivate and introduce the child into the testing environment with a low degree of difficulty.

Skills tested under the Dolphins Exam

  • Language Use
  • Listening
  • Reading

Tested capabilities

Children who take the Dolphins Exam are able to understand simple expressions in the simple present, as well as numbers, descriptions and familiar words in their immediate surroundings.

In particular, they are able to:

  • Identify and describe simple objects, people, and forms
    Distinguish colors, numbers, and shapes; Identify familiar locations such as school, home, a hospital, a restaurant etc.
  • Listen and comprehend simple spoken words related to familiar objects, activities, and conditions
    Animals: snake, cat, dog, etc.; Object states and conditions: clean, glow, blue, etc.; Food: bread, juice, sandwich, hamburgers, lemons, etc. House objects: fork, dress, perfume, purse, etc.
  • Read and understand simple descriptions of objects and people
    Nationality, age and overall description: ‘Tony is American and has blue eyes’, ‘Sofia is 10’ etc.; Birth locations or origins, such as London, Paris, etc. Tastes and activities, such as ‘Marlon likes hot dogs’, ‘Jack plays tennis’, etc.

Bears Exam advantage

  • The GEP Bears Exam continues the testing sequence for young candidates at the Pre A1-2 level.
  • The Bears Exam further tests the candidate’s ability to identify and describe familiar people, places, activities, and objects in the present tense.

Skills tested

  • Language Use, Listening and Reading.

Tested capabilities

  • Students can understand characteristics of people and places in their familiar surroundings, as well as initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics. In particular they are able to:

Listen to descriptions of people, schools, pets, etc., and correctly:

  • Identify, name or select people; Understand the concept of age; Describe school conditions; Describe a pet’s behaviour or personality; Distinguish or select from a group of people/pets according to a certain characteristic

Read and understand short texts and correctly:

  • Identify locations or places where activities take place.; Understand a person’s main features, describe his/her main activity and place of origin
  • Spell simple words; Describe a person’s main interests or preferences

Lions (PRE A1- 3)

  • The GEP Lions Exam is the last stepping stone in the testing sequence for young candidates at the Pre A1-3 level.
  • The Lions Exam further tests the candidate’s ability to identify and describe familiar people, places, activities and objects in the present tense.

Skills tested

  • Language Use, Listening and Reading. 

Tested capabilities

  • Students are able to understand simple, standard speech in the simple present tense and recognize familiar words and basic phrases concerning themselves, their family and immediate concrete surroundings.
  • Students can also understand very short, simple texts, picking up familiar names and basic phrases one at a time and rereading as required. In particular, they are able to:

Listen to and understand descriptions of common functionality

  • Basic usage of technology and electronics, internet, and games; Seasonal activities; Transportation vehicles such as trains, airplanes, and cars.

Read and comprehend roles, places, items, hobbies and basic instructions

  • Familiar roles such as “teacher”, “doctor” and “student2; Games, sports, and music; Use for common places such as hospitals, parks, and schools; Questions related to the usage of time; Households items such as TV, fridge, etc.; Homework and chores

All three exams in the suite are designed to test three of the core language skills (language use, reading, and listening).



The GEP English Exams levels A1 to C1 constitute one of the most reliable ways to test a learner’s proficiency in the English language according to CEFR standards.

Since every GEP English Exam was designed from the ground up in alignment with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the results obtained with every test help to establish a true and accurate reading of a candidate’s level of proficiency according to the European body.

Because of the online examination format, learners are provided with a wide availability of test dates as determined by the schools.
All GEP A1-C1 exams have the same number of topics, questions, timings, and marks.

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