The IATC Test

All IATC course participants have the option to take the formal IATC test and earn a professional designation: ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (ITAC).

Course participants who pass this formal test will earn an ITAC Certificate to indicate their new designation. In a further recognition of this professional standing, all agencies with ITAC-certified counsellors on staff will be listed on a special web locator map, the ITAC Finder.

The formal test is online and comprises 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 80 minutes. During the test, candidates will have access to online and offline resources. They will not be tested on individual country information/regulations; only on all the other sections of the IATC course. Candidates may use personal notes or information presented online from the course content during the test, but they will not be allowed to phone anyone or ask other people for assistance.

There are two ways to take the test:

  • At an ICEF Workshop (see testing schedule here). If you are planning to attend a Workshop, please send us an email to reserve your place as soon as possible. You do not necessarily need to be registered for an ICEF Workshop to take the test; you may come just for the test and all you need is photo identification (e.g., passport) and a wireless-enabled laptop.
  • Online from the comfort of your home or office at a time convenient for you (all you need is an Internet-enabled computer with a webcam and an Adobe Flash player; please download here).

For both testing options, please email trainingicefcom to reserve your testing slot.

In both cases, the charge for the test is €250, which allows you to have 3 attempts. Meaning if you do not pass on your first attempt, you still have 2 more chances to become qualified.

The following pricing structure applies when multiple counsellors from the same agency sit the IATC test:

1st counsellor tested  - regular fee
2nd counsellor tested - 10% discount
3rd counsellor tested  - 15% discount
4th counsellor tested  - 20% discount
5th and subsequent counsellors tested - 25% discount

To prepare for the formal test, you can take the IATC self-assessment test, which can be found on the right-hand side of the IATC homepage once you have logged in. This self-assessment test is identical in structure to the formal IATC test. Each question has only one correct answer, and all questions are based on the IATC course content. At the end of the self-assessment, you will receive your result. We encourage only those who pass the self-assessment to attempt the formal test. The pass mark is 80%. Until you have reached a good result on the self-assessment, please keep practising.

If you are doing the test either online or at an ICEF Workshop, you will be automatically notified of your (pass/fail) result as soon as you have finished your test; if you have passed, your ITAC Certificate and personal ITAC Nr will be emailed to you instantly.

Candidates failing the test may take it again as often as they like but have to pay the fee each time. The testing fee must be paid regardless of a pass or fail result.

Testing is not mandatory. You can also study the course for your personal enrichment and professional knowledge. There is also no time frame in which you must take the test after completing the online material. If you wish to take the formal test and receive the ITAC Designation, please try (and pass) the self-assessment test first.

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The ICEF agents training was an invaluable tool for me and our agency. In preparation for the test is an eye-opener for beginners and experienced agents alike. Personally, I was able to understand what international education is really like and the ITAC accreditation became a reference and an important marketing tool for our agency. Our aim at English Experience Intercâmbios is to encourage all our agents to become accredited ITACs , and consequently, better students counselors.
Ivan Tagliaferro, English Experience, Brazil

After four years working as a study abroad co-ordinator, I feel quite experienced and confident promoting language courses abroad and working with our partner schools. When I got the opportunity to try the IATC course, I just went quickly through to realise it was really helpful and interesting, giving me new views on this issues. Then I actually studied the whole course, I just felt I had to, and passed the test successfully. Thank you!
Alena Aichlmanova, Channel Crossings s.r.o., Czech Republic

I really benefited from this course: I learned useful information about education systems in various countries; I also gained knowledge about the procedures and protocols followed by educational organizations around the world. This material will allow me to guide prospective students towards their goals successfully.
Tarek Moustafa Abdalla, EgyTEFL Organization, Egypt

I am very pleased to have studied for the exam. You get a very good overview of the business. And if in the future ICEF offered some more training courses, I would definitely consider them. Continuous training is basic for competitiveness. And I love learning, anyway!
Pepa Ferrer Climent-Pallarés, Overseas Education Adviser, Spain

In my opinion, the test is designed effectively; authentic education consultants with sufficient English skills should pass the test successfully.
Goudarz Sadeghi Hashjin, Royaye Danesh Study Services (RDSS) Ltd., Iran

It was a great experience to write the IATC test: this test covers almost every aspect of the educational agent profession; and the qualification it confers is recognized by most universities and colleges.
Mr Zahoor Elahi, Financial Training Institute (FTI), Pakistan