Like many universities, institutions, and individuals around the globe, the Coronavirus changed the way Sheridan College — housed across three campuses in Ontario, Canada — was able to conduct teaching and learning. Prior to the pandemic, the Sheridan College ESL program created, distributed and proctored its own English language proficiency exam used to place incoming international students into the appropriate ESL course level for non-native English speakers. However, as the pandemic spread, and face-to-face interaction quickly dissipated, ESL program administrators at Sheridan realized it wasn’t feasible to transfer their own test online and would need to find another solution. The search required a product that could be distributed online, safely monitored for academic integrity, brief enough for students to easily complete in one sitting, but thorough enough to provide a reliable and accurate overview of a student’s English language skills. Enter iTEP Snapshot, designed as a 60-minute pre-arrival English assessment tool that can give academic institutions an accurate reading of a student’s English language proficiency without requiring them to enter a testing center. The entire process, from signup and examination to monitoring and scoring, is securely housed online allowing safety and peace of mind for students and administrators. Sheridan ESL volunteered as one of the first organizations to replace their previous onsite testing method with Snapshot as a full-service solution to their problem. Any concerns about cost, reliability, security or technology were quickly alleviated through a responsive and knowledgeable iTEP support team delivering a well-vetted product that exceeded administrators’ expectations. This was so true that Sheridan College is considering the adoption of the iTEP snapshot test even when the campus re-opens.

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We wanted a test that students could sit in a short amount of time, and Snapshot was a 60-minute test, but what we really liked was it would provide at-home testing along with the IVP proctoring services.

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