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 is licensed to administer the TOEFL® ITP (paper & pencil) and offers classes to its students on the TOEFL® ITP test. HELP also offers workshops on the TOEFL® ITP, TOEFL iBT® and IELTS are 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. HELP also offers private lessons that can be arranged around the student’s preferred schedule and customized to focus on test preparation.

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*. The fee is non-refundable.

*During COVID-19, we will be providing an online credit card payment for test takers who pre-register online.

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.

*During COVID-19, online pre-registration is required. There will be NO in-person registration for the test. Please see special registration instructions below.

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.

2023 TOEFL ITP dates:

Test Administration DateNon-Help Registration BeginsRegistration Deadline
March 4, 2023 (Sat)February 15, 2023February 24, 2023
May 6, 2023 (Sat)April 19, 2023April 28, 2023
June 24, 2023 (Sat)June 7, 2023June 16, 2023
July 29, 2023 (Sat)July 12, 2023July 21, 2023
October 14, 2023 (Sat)September 27, 2023October 6, 2023
December 16, 2023 (Sat)November 29, 2023December 8, 2023

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.

TOEFL ITP Pre-Registration information

Last updated: November 9, 2022

Test date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa campus (detailed information will be emailed to registered test takers)

  • Online pre-registration required.
  • Pre-registration will be from November 30 – December 9, 2022.
    • Maximum seats available: 10 (subject to change)
    • Registration will close on December 9, 2022 or once all seats are filled.
    • Further instructions including payment methods will be emailed to registered test-takers.
    • Payment is due by Monday, December 12, 2022

If you have any questions or concerns about our health & safety guidelines, please contact us at eslhelp@hawaii.edu.

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