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Is TEFL Hard to Pass? Does Anybody Fail Their TEFL Course?

Is TEFL Hard to Pass? Does Anybody Fail Their TEFL Course?

It is very rare for any student to fail an International TEFL Academy TEFL Certification course.  International TEFL Academy has a passing rate of over 90% (one of the highest passing rates of any TEFL school worldwide). 

Our goal is to train the best English teachers possible and to provide our students the best pre-enrollment advice to ensure that our students succeed, both in choosing an appropriate TEFL course and finding exciting and rewarding opportunities to teach English abroad

It is very important for all of our students to have the right expectations prior to enrolling into any TEFL course.  This is why it is critical that you speak with a TEFL Advisor prior to enrolling in a TEFL certification course.  Please read our Vision Statement to learn more about our philosophy and our approach to education and TEFL certification.

Is TEFL certification hard?

An accredited professional-level TEFL course is similar to a standard university class and you should prepare to commit the time you need to complete your coursework & practicum. If you meet class deadlines and respond positively to instructor feedback, you are unlikely to fail your TEFL course.

Can you fail your TEFL course?How hard is the TEFL exam?

There is not a single exam that one must pass to get TEFL certified. Rather you will need to pass an accredited TEFL course that incorporates at least 100 hours of coursework, including lessons, exercises, tests/quizzes, and projects. Live practice teaching is also an essential part of an accredited TEFL certification.

We assume you know nothing about teaching or language instruction and start from ground zero on day one. As long as you dedicate enough time to your coursework, complete your assignments on deadline and respond positively to instructor feedback, you are very unlikely to fail your TEFL certification course. 

However, if you think your four-week TEFL course in Costa Rica or Thailand is going to be one big "spring break", where you can hit the town every night, you are in for a big surprise. These are intense, college-level courses and you will need to approach your course accordingly. You need to show up ready for class every day with your work completed and ready to go. You will have time during the weekend to relax and sightsee, but do not consider your TEFL course to be a holiday, or you will not pass.

All of our internationally accredited TEFL courses meet or exceed the standards of 100 hours of training and 6 hours of student teaching established by the British Council.  We train over 5,000 students a year and do not want any student attending who cannot realistically pass a class if they put in the time and effort.

ITA TEFL courses are comparable to a 100 level 5-6 credit hour university class and therefore, we maintain strict requirements for who can enroll:

  • A minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Fluent and proficient English Skills.
  • Non-native speakers will be required to write a brief essay and interview over the phone to verify their English skills prior to enrollment.
  • Ability to complete a university level course that incorporates extensive reading, homework, papers, quizzes, tests, lessons plans, and student teaching/observation (practicum).  All work is graded and each student must pass the class and fulfill the practicum requirement to earn their certification.
  • Those without a four-year degree are able to enroll in our Online TEFL class.
  • Requirements and admissions policies for the Four-week Onsite Courses vary from course-to-course and non-native English speakers or native speakers without a four-year degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to write an essay and/or interview. 

Speaking with our admissions advisors prior to enrollment is critical to ensure all our students succeed in both our four-week in-person TEFL courses and our 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course.    

The following considerations may affect your ability to pass a course: 

  • Do I have 10-12 hours a week to dedicate to my Online TEFL course?
  • Will I be able to focus my time and energy for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for a full month if I take a four-week course on location? Classes are typically from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday.  Student teaching is often completed in the evening.  Plan on another two hours a night to study and complete homework. 

Students are alerted if they are falling behind or have failed to complete their assignments on time. All students must receive at least 70% of total possible points or above to pass the class. Our staff will be in touch and make sure our students either pass the class or transfer to another course so they will be successful.

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Our Student Affairs staff and our university-level professors work with all of our students while enrolled in our courses to assist them in addressing any of their concerns or questions during the course.   Our job is to professional train you, your job is to be teachable and do the work. 

Want to know more about our professors? Check out this article.

Withdrawing from class:  Additionally, ITA does understand that many students may fall behind in a course due to illness, family emergencies, work, school, or other factors besides academics.  Our transfer policy found in the Terms and Conditions document allows online class students to transfer to a different course or course date up to twice at any time before or during their TEFL class without losing their tuition. 

As long as you commit the right time and effort into a TEFL class and speak English fluently, you should do very well in our courses. 


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