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What are the International English Competitions and why should my child enter?

The International English Competitions are arguably the most widely known activities of International English Education Assessment Committee (IEEAC) of IEERA.

The Competitions were introduced in North America in 1975 and due to their regional success were established internationally in 1994. They now attract more than 30 million entries each year. The subjects have expanded, in range and levels and have expanded in subject coverage and year levels and now include:

  • English Speech
  • English Reading
  • English Listening
  • English Writing
  • English Application
  • Spelling

Critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving are essential higher order skills for success in school as well as in the wider community. The material presented in the International English reflects this importance, providing the opportunity for students to perform a range of tasks using these skills. The Competitions cater for a wide range of student abilities using contexts that incorporate students' interest and engage their attention.

The content of the Competition test papers is not necessarily based directly on any particular school curriculum, but it is derived from the principles on which curricula are constructed. The test results provide valuable diagnostic information that can be used to supplement or complement teaching and learning activities.

Students at all levels of competency benefit from participation in the Competitions.

 International English Education Assessment Committee (IEEAC)

IEEAC is acknowledged as a prime provider of English educational measurement and assessment services in North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific Region. It has been involved in English educational measurement in North America for over 30 years.

IEEAC is one of the five principal business units within IEERA Global, the training and consultancy arm of IEERA. IEERA Global is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IEERA.

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What skills are being assessed?

The International English Competitions provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their potential and ability. Within each Competition the assessment covers a wide range of skills.

Skills being assessed


  • reading comprehension across both literary and factual texts
  • a wide range of genre (e.g. arguments, descriptions and/or narratives)
  • a wide range of text types (e.g. poetry, letters and/or advertisements)
  • language skills
  • spelling
  • genre awareness and understanding
  • textual characteristics
  • sentence structure and expression
  • grammar
  • punctuation

What do we get from the Competitions?

Participating students
Each student receives:

  • a test booklet in full colour to keep - supplied by their school after Competition results are released
  • a diagnostic report on performance
  • a Certificate indicating the achieved level of success

The diagnostic report provides valuable feedback to the students, parents and teacher. It indicates which questions the student has answered correctly and incorrectly, the skills demonstrated and the comparative difficulty of each question.

More specifically, the report itemises:

  • the student's answer
  • the correct answer
  • the skill that each question assesses
  • the percentage of state-wide participating students that have answered each questions correctly.

Participating schools

Each school receives a confidential report containing valuable information and statistics.

The information from the school report is particularly useful for teachers and principals to:

  • compare their school's performance with the rest of their state
    ascertain areas of strength and weakness within the school and reflect on teaching and learning programs accordingly
  • create additional programs that are more challenging for higher achieving students
  • identity students who may require focused teaching or remedial programs.

The school report is strictly confidential and is not used to report to government departments or to compare individual schools' performances with other schools.

This year, IEEAC will select a few schools and arrange for photographs to be taken of students receiving their medals and awards. All photographs will be made available to the successful student and school. They may be used in future IEERA publications, following normal permission procedures and subject to current privacy legislation.


All students who enter the IEEAC Competitions receive a
Certificate .

The Certificate is awarded on the following basis for each subject assessed:

  • High Distinction (the top 1% of entrants in each year level in the state)
  • Distinction (the next 10% of entrants in each year level in the state)
  • Credit (the next 20% of entrants in each year level in the state)
  • Achievement (students placed within the top 20% of their school, but who have not qualified for a state Certificate)
  • Participation (all other participation students)


Prestigious medals with the IEERA logo are awarded in each subject to students in each state who achieve the highest score in each year level for each subject assessed.

The student's name, year level, subject and the year of Competition are engraved on the medal.

Who benefits from the Competition?


The diagnostic report enables students to:

  • indentify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • compare their achievement with the rest of their state
  • monitor individual progress from year to year
  • celebrate success through receiving a Certificate.

The diagnostic report is particularly valuable for providing an independent result of assessment in specific Key Learning Areas for students at all levels of achievement.

By participating in the Competitions, students are better prepared for state-based tests. Students can also monitor their progress from year to year and gain valuable experience in sitting external tests.

Additionally, the student's report and Certificate are highly suitable for inclusion in a portfolio which could be used when applying for scholarships, transferring to new schools and even for applying for first jobs.

In addition to above, parents can use the diagnostic report to discuss the student's performance with teachers and thereby contribute to the development of an individual learning program for their child.

The confidential statistics report enables schools to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses in their students' performances
  • compare their students' achievements with the rest of their state
  • examine strengths and weaknesses in their school-based curriculum
  • consider the allocation of resources to support the curriculum


In addition to the above, teachers can use the statistical reports to:

  • monitor individual student progress
  • modify their classroom activities to cater for the individual and/or group needs of their students.

General enquiries can be directed to our Schools Liaison Section at International English Education Assessment Committee (IEEAC) of IEERA.

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