iTEP Case Study: Teacher Testing

Assessing the English Proficiency of
Public School Teachers in Ecuador.

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.

Case Summary

In 2018, the government of Ecuador implemented a universal requirement for English teachers in the country: show proof of English-language proficiency to continue teaching students. Due to the increasing importance of the English language in commerce and business, plus the conclusion that a portion of the country’s English teachers possessed insufficient skills to fully teach the language, Ecuador chose to require validation of language proficiency moving forward. iTEP Ecuador was awarded the government contract, and iTEP Ecuador representatives worked directly with government officials to design specific reporting metrics, thereby providing Ecuador’s education leaders with the exact information and data needed. Reports provided overall scores indicating skill levels in grammar, listening, writing and speaking. In addition, demographic and school data were also shown. To kick off the partnership,
iTEP Ecuador implemented four mass group testing dates in 12 months, effectively testing 6,585 teachers with the iTEP flagship test – the Academic Plus exam.

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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.

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