iTEP Case Study: J-Check
Assessing the English Proficiency of J-Scholars at Northwestern University
Each year Northwestern University hosts hundreds of international faculty from all around the world who come to campus to teach and conduct research. Learn how Northwestern evaluates and documents the English fluency of each international scholar using the J-Check platform, which features the iTEP exam.
In 2015, new US government regulations for J-Scholars (Exchange Visitors) put Northwestern University in the position of needing to implement an English language proficiency assessment process for their incoming J-Scholars. Beyond the need for institutional compliance, some J-Scholars were arriving on campus with low English language skills. This lack of English language proficiency caused tremendous issues for the International Office and caused problems for the J-Scholars themselves as they navigated insurance, university forms, in-class teaching, and other daily activities requiring not just speaking, but reading, listening, and writing skills.After a thorough review and one year pilot testing program, Northwestern selected J-Check J-Scholar Testing as the primary English proficiency assessment option for incoming J-Scholars. J-Check is a testing platform that utilizes the iTEP Academic Plus exam. Northwestern cited: a comprehensive language assessment, ease of use, security, cost competitiveness, and results within 24 hours as critical decision factors for selection of J-Check featuring iTEP.
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The International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) was introduced in 2008 to modernize English language assessment with on-demand scheduling, 24 hour grading, and accurate test data. iTEP provides a convenient and cost-effective testing option delivered in a highly secure environment.
iTEP offers a variety of assessment tools for university and secondary school admissions and ESL placement, hiring and employee assessment (including tests for specific industries), and iTEP Conversation, which assesses conversation skills in 30 minutes. All iTEP exams are graded by certified and trained native English speakers.
More than 800 colleges, universities, middle/high schools, and boarding schools in the USA and Canada accept iTEP results for admissions. Applicants can take iTEP at more than 500 test centers in 61 countries. iTEP International is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.