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Assessment for Admission Purposes
One of the initial assessment challenges faced by institutions
is wading through the increased number of assessments
available in the market. The market leaders are TOEFL in the
United States and IELTS in the United Kingdom and Europe.
According to the nonprofit assessment agency Educational
Testing Service (ETS), the TOEFL is currently accepted by
more than 10,000 colleges, agencies, and other institutions in
130 countries. IELTS reports similar numbers. Both tests assess
students on four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and
speaking.
In the last several years, assessments such as the Pearson Test
of English (PTE), the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), and
the Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) tests have entered the
market. Other providers have tried to offer less expensive, more
accessible options such as Education First's Standard English Test
(SET), which is free but not does test speaking skills. DuoLingo,
which started as a language-learning app, offers an online test for
$49 that has test takers snap a picture of their IDs and take a test
with a webcam and secure browser.
"In the last couple of years, I've gotten more marketing information about new language assessments that are trying to enter
the marketplace. People are really looking for evaluations they can
consider more confidently or other options to provide students at
different costs. I think there will continue to be more options out

there," says Monica Esser, director of enrollment group international initiatives at Fordham University.
Sherry Warren, academic director of the International
Accelerator Program at the University of South Carolina, says
that institutions are under increased pressure to recruit and enroll
international students. This in turn leads them to consider a broader
range of test providers, many of whom also offer test preparation.
She has concerns about the construct validity of many of
the new tests-in other words, whether or not they are actually
testing the skills they claim to assess. "The kinds of questions that
are being asked do not always capture what you would be doing
if you were improving your language proficiency in order to start
university," she says.
"You have to question whether [test providers] have just
figured out a really great method for teaching students how to
take that particular test. Students might have a fantastic score that
may not reflect what their English proficiency actually looks like,"
Warren says.
Other assessment experts concur that validity is a major factor
for institutions. "If the test is 120 multiple choice questions, I would
argue that it is not a very valid test for university admissions. If it's
a test where students have to present for a few minutes or interact
with an expert speaker, then that's a bit more reflective of what they
need to do at university," says Jonathan Frank, university recognition
manager at Trinity College London, which offers the ISE.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 6
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 19
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 20
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 21
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 22
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 23
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 25
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 30
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 37
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 41
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 45
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