iTEP Welcomes Partners & International Distributors to Washington DC
The recent 8th Annual iTEP Partners’ Conference capped off a week-long series of international education events in Washington DC in which iTEP International participated actively. The week kicked off with iTEP International exhibiting at the 2019 NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference.
The recent 8th Annual iTEP Partners’ Conference capped off a week-long series of international education events in Washington DC in which iTEP International participated actively. The week kicked off with iTEP exhibiting at the 2019 NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference. This annual NAFSA conference brings together over 10,000 attendees from all around the world to learn about new trends and best practices in international education. iTEP International hosted booth #1747 in the Expo Hall to promote iTEP testing for on-campus ESL assessment/placement as well as iTEP for admissions. During the conference iTEP staff also attended a number of special events such as the Canada Reception in order to network and promote the family of iTEP exams.
On Thursday, May 30, the 9th Annual iTEP Partners Appreciation Luncheon was held at Zaytinya Restaurant. This is the restaurant of celebrity Chef José Andrés one of the featured speakers at this year’s NAFSA conference. In addition to developing extraordinary cuisine, Chef Andrés is known for his efforts as an international philanthropist.
Almost 100 guests enjoyed the luncheon including partner schools and iTEP international distributors. iTEP was especially honored to have Ambassador (Ret) Janice L. Jacobs in attendance. Ambassador Jacobs is a valued member of the iTEP International Advisory board.
The 8th Annual iTEP Partners Conference was held Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. Michael Salenko, Vice President of iTEP Mexico, was the program emcee and also gave an enlightening presentation on the usefulness of iTEP’s subscores. Jemal Idris, iTEP President, provided the annual state of iTEP after opening remarks by iTEP founders Perry Akins and Sharif Ossayran. What followed was two full days of in-depth dialogue on how to advance the brand of iTEP world-wide. Of particular emphasis this year was reviewing each of iTEP’s exams, particularly the specialized ones, and how those could be more fully utilized in-country by iTEP’s international distributors.
Several of iTEP’s international distributors presented on project successes and current initiatives in their respective markets. One such example was “How to Win and Deliver a Complex Government Project,” by Laura Victoria Zabala, CEO of eDistribution SAS.
Laura discussed the challenges of expanding from Colombia into Ecuador and working on a nation-wide testing project. iTEP partners from the USA, Europe, Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, and China were also present and actively participated in the discussions.
Activities concluded on Sunday, June 2 with a cultural tour of Washington DC and closing luncheon. This event, along with all of the superb luncheons and dinners, was arranged by iTEP CEO, Sharif Ossaryan, and allowed for iTEP staff and international partners to have time to interact and spend time together outside of the conference room. Traveling as a group to see the many monuments of DC was a perfect way to finish a successful week of planning, exhibiting, conferring, and charting a course forward for iTEP International.
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.