English Test Preparation

College-bound ESL students have more options than just the TOEFL iBT® to satisfy the language proficiency requirement for college entrance. There are also the TOEFL® ITP, IELTS, PTE, and Cambridge FCE or CAE.

HELP has been offering classes to its students on the TOEFL® ITP. This year, HELP expanded its offerings to include not only the TOEFL® ITP but also the TOEFL iBT® and IELTS in a workshop format open to the public.

The University of Hawaii System campuses accept scores from all three tests. Students need to check carefully for the requirements at other colleges or universities.

What are these tests?


is the Institutional Testing Program. It is a paper test with three parts: Listening, Structure, and Reading.


is the Internet-Based Test. This online test has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking (two independent tasks and four integrated tasks), and Writing.


is the International English Language Testing System. It is the British and Australian equivalent of the TOEFL iBT. This paper test has four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

For more information regarding upcoming workshop dates and prices, please contact us.


TOEFL® ITP Examination

HELP is licensed to administer the TOEFL® ITP (paper & pencil) by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The TOEFL® ITP is offered primarily to assist institutions in placing students in English courses at the appropriate level of difficulty or to determine whether additional work in English is necessary before an individual can undertake studies at an institution where English is the medium of instruction. The Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Graduate Admissions Office at UH Mānoa, as well as several community colleges in the UH system, will accept these scores. If you would like to use the score to apply to schools outside of the UH system or on the mainland, please contact those offices and institutions directly and inquire if they will accept the Institutional Paper Test.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How long is the test?

The time required for administration of the ITP is approximately 2.5 hours.

2. When is the test offered?

The test is offered six (6) times per year. Administration is normally on a Saturday morning. Please see below for specific test dates and registration deadlines.

3.  When will I get my score?

Examinees’ answer sheets are scored by ETS in Princeton, NJ. Score results can be expected approximately three to four weeks after the test date.

4.  How much does the test cost?

The fee for non-HELP students is $35, payable by check, credit card, or money order only (no cash). Please pay in person at HELP’s Main Office.

5.  How do I register?

Students must register for the test in-person at HELP’s Main Office beginning on Thursday of the week before it will be administered. Registration will be closed on the Thursday of the week that it will be administered or when all seats are filled.

6.  Can you send my score to _______?

If you would like us to send your score to a UH system school or other college/university, please email us at eslhelp@hawaii.edu. Please include your full name, date of birth, test date, and the address of the office you would like to send the score to.


The dates for 2020 are:

Test Administration Date Non-Help Registration Begins Registration Deadline (Thursday)
March 7, 2020 February 20, 2020 February 27, 2020
May 9, 2020
cancelled due to COVID-19
April 30, 2020 May 7, 2020
June 27, 2020
cancelled due to COVID-19
June 18, 2020 June 25, 2020
August 1, 2020 July 23, 2020 July 30, 2020
October 17, 2020 October 8, 2020 October 15, 2020
December 19, 2020 December 10, 2020 December 17, 2020

Dates are subject to change. Please check this page for updates or contact us to confirm current test dates.
*Registration will be closed on the Thursday of the week that it will be administered or when all seats are filled.

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