Fotosure Provides Safety and Security in a COVID World

iTEP's Measures for Safe Pandemic-Era Testing

To meet the socially-distanced demands of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, iTEP International overhauled and expanded FotoSure, its proprietary security program, to partner with its new IVP at-home testing.  This innovative tool is used in order to provide health and safety measures for test-takers as well as enhanced levels of security for sponsors and schools.  iTEP, a provider of English-language proficiency exams, initially launched FotoSure in 2014.  The software originally took photos periodically during an English-language test to ensure the registered test-taker was in fact the individual completing the exam.

iTEP launched at-home academics testing in March of 2020 to keep students and test-takers safe during the coronavirus era. The advantages of iTEP at-home testing with enhanced Fotosure security are the reduction in travel to testing centers, as well as zero exposure to other individuals. The Fotosure enhancements both minimize the exposure to COVID-19 for the student and continue to provide the schools and sponsors a high-quality, highly secure language assessment tool.

To ensure test security, FotoSure underwent three major updates, including now requiring an ID card photo during registration. Use of a passport, driver’s license, or other photo ID helps confirm the identity of the person taking the test. Additionally, the FotoSure photo rate has been boosted to an approximate average of one picture per minute during the grammar, reading, listening, and writing sections of each iTEP exam. All photos are reviewed by iTEP’s professional graders.

The third update included adding a video component.  For the speaking section, Fotosure now video records the test-taker while s/he is speaking.  This provides iTEP’s graders with a good overview of the entire test while viewing the speaking prompts: which also allows for better grading and, again confirming identity.

Integration of Fotosure security into iTEP at-home testing has been crucial to maintaining the high standards of testing integrity while meeting the needs of the students this year.  While safety and security are the foremost priorities, other benefits have arisen: Sponsors are reporting that they are now receiving iTEP tests from students in previously unrepresented countries, such as Iceland and Kosovo. Access to iTEP testing is greater, while still maintaining test taker safety and test integrity.

iTEP continues to provide 24-hour turnaround time for English-proficiency exam results for sponsors – for both at-home testing and in-person exams at testing centers. Fotosure helps ensure the safety and security of test takers and their results.

Integration of Fotosure security into iTEP at-home testing has been crucial to maintaining the high standards of testing integrity while meeting the needs of the students this year.  While safety and security are the foremost priorities, other benefits have arisen: Sponsors are reporting that they are now receiving iTEP tests from students in previously unrepresented countries, such as Iceland and Kosovo. Access to iTEP testing is greater, while still maintaining test taker safety and test integrity.

iTEP continues to provide 24-hour turnaround time for English-proficiency exam results for sponsors – for both at-home testing and in-person exams at testing centers. Fotosure helps ensure the safety and security of test takers and their results.

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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.