GATEWAY English Test

An academic English test for admissions that universities can trust

Academically Authentic

GATEWAY assesses the test taker’s ability to perform in the situations  they will encounter on campus, such as participating in class or in group discussions. 

Video Interview

Total transparency–Test takers record a 10 to 15-minute unscored interview that allows admissions to get to know the applicant and to observe them using the language.

Designed for Online

Instead of simply transferring traditional question types from paper to online, GATEWAY innovates new, increasingly valid, reliable, secure, and authentic, question types.

Scores in 24 hours

Test takers can upgrade to receive their score within 24 hours. All other scores are available within 5 days. We respond to all customer support questions within 24 hours. 


Language proficiency is a pre-requisite to a successful university experience. GATEWAY was created to provide accessibility and affordability to the test taker and a trustworthy score universities can rely on for admissions purposes. 

The GATEWAY test:

  • Provides a more valid, reliable, and secure academic English assessment of the test taker’s ability to perform in the situations they will encounter on campus
  • Increases accessibility and ease of use
  • Lays the foundation for future testing innovations
  • Provides thousands of scholarships and vouchers each year. Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed!
Proven Testing Methods English
What Admissions Offices Love
"English3 presents a complete linguistic profile of our students. Video interviews allows us to observe students’ using the language and “get to meet” them instead of just receiving a score report.
English3 has has drastically improved our graduation and retention rates. Previously our graduation rate was around 66%; after the implementation of English3 it has been consistently around 85%."
jane borisova
Jane Borisova
Director of the Intensive English Program,
University of Northern Colorado
“English3 creates options for applicants and allows for a more diverse pool of students to study at BYU. In addition, the incidence of cheating or misrepresenting English proficiency is much lower—English3 gives us an accurate view of applicant English ability.”
Logan Gillette
Logan Gillette
Assistant Dean, Graduate Admissions and Recruitment,
Brigham Young University
“We require English3 tests for all of our scholars. We opted not to use other tests primarily due to huge problems with cheating. English3 provides a real snapshot of what applicants can do and is actually an easier test than the TOEFL if the applicant knows how to speak English well. English3 tests are designed to determine performance in an academic environment.”
Brenda Campbell
Program Administrator,
Western University of Health Sciences

Become a Field Test Partner

Join our global research community to help shape the future of English language assessment!

Work with us to trial our exam questions – it’s completely free.

Why get involved?

  • Real results – Receive an overall score and subscores, including Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening scores.
  • Free online ESL – Give students three free months of English3’s online ESL resources. These are comprehensive materials from beginner to advanced.  
  • 50% off their next test – Test takers receive a discount code that can be used on the official GATEWAY test once it is released, or used on the E3PT, which is currently available.
  • Stress-free practice – Give students practice taking online assessments without the pressure of taking a real exam.
  • Total flexibility – Choose when you want to test and how often.
  • Be part of something bigger – Contribute to the future of English language assessment!

Please note, this is a research activity and the results should not be used to place students, or as proof of proficiency. You can use the results to identify where students need more practice.


We anticipate an initial release in Spring 2022.

Within 24 hours or 5 business days, depending on the test option chosen.

Up to 2.5 hours. Plan on 10 minutes to complete the test setup and instruction portion.

$99 for most test takers. 

An overall score and subscores for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

2 years.

The nature of acquiring a new language and the natural process of language atrophy require the interview score validity to expire after 2 years.

Administrator Dashboard

    • Access scores, interview videos, comments and other resources on your dashboard. This is provided as a free resource.


    • Administrators receive an email notification with the applicant score report as soon as it becomes available.

Student information system integration

    • Interview scores are automatically uploaded to applicant records in Terra Dotta and Sunapsis.

For an in-depth review of test security, click here.

For a test to be valid, it must be secure. As university customers attest, interview scores consistently reflect exchange visitor English ability once they arrive on campus. Critical elements of interview security include:

  • Real-time free response to open-ended questions, simulating real-to-life conversation
  • Facial recognition software ensuring test-taker identity
  • Remote proctoring and scoring by a certified human rater (1:1 proctor to test-taker ration)

  • Randomized questions from an extensive question bank

  • Innovative test item types used to benchmark ability across all responses