online English proficiency test

Uses of an Online English Proficiency Test

online English proficiency testEnglish proficiency tests are crucial for students who need to prove their language ability in order to be accepted to a school abroad. But can an English assessment tool be of benefit to the school itself? What about a company?

The answer is, yes! An online English proficiency test can be a powerful tool for organizations of all types to improve how they make decisions and the programs they offer. They key is to choose a test that offers rich data and to administer tests in a scientific manner.

Academic settings

Curriculum calibration

Intensive English programs or IEPs often have multiple sections of the same level. For instance, there may be 120 students at intermediate level in any given semester. These students will be broken into six sections of 20, each taught by different instructors. How can the program ensure that students are receiving the same education regardless of the section they are assigned to?

By administering an English proficiency test before and after semester, program administrators can see how students improved during the course of their studies. Administrators can also observe patterns relating to specific instructors. Does one instructor excel at imparting speaking skills while another tends to produce students with excellent grammar?

Making the instructors aware of the outcomes of their courses can help them craft curriculum that focuses on the language skills that need it most. However, it’s important for this to be framed as a constructive exercise for the teachers, not criticism or a threat to their autonomy. (iTEP’s Dan Lesho has written about this extensively)

Placement perfection

Even with finely tuned curriculum, students will not thrive in an English program if they are placed in the wrong level. By administering an English proficiency exam prior to arrival, students can be assigned to the appropriate level from day 1. Even if it’s not possible to test students ahead of time, an online English proficiency test such as iTEP is easy to administer upon arrival. Scores for the grammar, reading and listening sections of our tests are available instantly, and the speaking and writing sections can be graded in less than a day with advance notice.

Proof of progress

The market for qualified international students is very competitive these days. One potential selling point for colleges and universities or private high schools is the ability to demonstrate how much an international student’s English ability improves on average while studying at the institution. Through English assessment testing upon arrival and graduation, the institution can measure how much students learned—even if their major was in fields such as math or science.

 

English assessment in business

English Language AssessmentMonitoring return on investment

Many companies that employ a large number of English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers offer English language courses or instruction to their employees. In order to determine if this program is effective, the company can assess the participants before and after to measure how much they learned over time.

The science of promoting and recruiting

It can be difficult for executives to decide which employees deserve promotions or raises. One quantifiable factor that can be used to differentiate between employees with similar experience and performance is English proficiency. In addition, employees can be rewarded for improvements in their language skills.

In making hiring decisions, an English assessment tool provides a concrete metric for a skill that is vital to so many jobs, even in non-English speaking countries. Strategic use of English testing can streamline the hiring process and save time for hiring managers.

The convenience factor of Online English Proficiency Tests

When people picture an English test, many of them probably imagine pencil and paper. These days, an online English proficiency test like iTEP can be administered on any modern computer. This enables companies to test applicants and employees on-site or even remotely –allowing them to leave their red pens in a drawer. The results are provided quickly in an easy-to-understand format.

The speaking and writing sections of iTEP are particularly convenient when compared to the alternative of interviewing people in person. Since these sections of the test are hand-graded by ESL trained native English speakers who are frequently recalibrated for consistency, it’s actually much more effective as well. The grammar, listening and reading sections are graded instantly, so when an assessment of those skills alone will do, there’s no wait at all for the results.

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iTEP Adds International Education Industry Veterans to Executive Team

From left to right: Cindy Ochoa, Rupert Johnstone, Tom Shandorf

As iTEP continues to grow across the world and provide English testing for a wide variety of purposes within the education field and beyond, we are proud to announce the following additions to our team.

  • Cindy Ochoa, Director for Institutional Relations
  • Rupert Johnstone, Vice President Distribution, ANZ
  • Tom Shandorf, Executive Director, Europe

Cindy Ochoa has had many years of experience with intensive English language programs in the US. Cindy has also served in a number of leadership positions with NAFSA, EnglishUSA and the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA), one of two accrediting agencies for English language programs. She currently serves as the 2018 CEA Commission Chair. She is a well known and respected ESL/EFL professional who has spent many hours reviewing and evaluating English language assessment exams available on the market. During this process, she adopted iTEP products, and became acquainted with our team and our mission to provide affordable, accurate and convenient English language assessment exams. Cindy will provide support in introducing iTEP exams to English language and pathway programs in the US and to colleges and universities for use in their admissions process.

Rupert Johnstone joins iTEP with a wealth of 30 years of education management experience in every corner of the globe. For the last 5 years, Rupert has been delivering business transformation services to Australia’s leading ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), vocational and higher education providers, including post-acquisition restructures. Prior to that, Rupert’s 20-plus years with ELS took him all over the world, mainly establishing ELS’s recruitment infrastructure in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as opening and managing ELS Centers in Brisbane, London, Seoul, Shanghai, and Vancouver. Rupert is the Founder of a pioneering Sydney-based B2B education consultancy Global Education Connections, which includes the Global Education Leaders Forum and Global Employment Connections.

Tom Shandorf is the owner and director of the American Language Center (Istituto Americano) in Florence, Italy, which has offered English language programs since 1959. He also owns and manages Via Lingua International, an organization devoted to the development of qualified and certified teachers of English as a foreign language. Tom has also held various management positions with ELS Language Centers, as well. Tom has worked closely with iTEP International for years, both using iTEP exams in his businesses as well as providing invaluable advice and guidance to our leaders. Following the success of iTEP’s first international office established in Mexico in 2016, there is incredible potential for iTEP to grow in Europe under Tom’s leadership.

“We are so very fortunate to have these acclaimed international educators as members of the senior iTEP team,” says iTEP International Chairman Perry Akins. “Each of these individuals greatly expands the knowledge base and reach of our organization.”