The TEP measures your level of English language proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading.
Proficiency refers to your ability to use language for real-world purposes to accomplish real-world linguistic tasks across a wide range of topics and settings. A proficiency test is different from an achievement test, which measures specific information. For example, in a driver’s test, an achievement test would represent the examination questions about the rules of the road, while a proficiency test shows how well a person can actually drive the car. A language proficiency test is an evaluation of how well you can use language to communicate in real life.
With a proficiency test, it is not possible to get all the answers right. There is no such thing as a perfect score and the results are not compared to those of other test takers. In proficiency tests, your performance is compared to a set of criteria, as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.