5 reasons universities should digitalize language tests

Have you ever thought about incorporating digital language tests into your admissions process? 

You have probably asked your future international students to include the results of an official language test such as TOEIC, TOEFL or other IELTS to their application files. However, national and international competition pushes Alma maters to be more attractive and innovative. So, whether to enhance your admissions process or to increase the employability of your students, perhaps it’s time to give your tools a facelift and digitalize your language tests. Here are 5 reasons why.

#1. Support your admission levels and international mobility

With student mobility and international programs on the rise, testing languages has become an integral part of student selection. No matter the country, programs that are entirely taught in English to attract foreign students and gain international recognition are blooming. Ensuring applicants have the required language proficiency is therefore imperative. With online tests such as Easyspeaking, academic institutions assess students using a common grading system, the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In addition, the use of video allows for a global evaluation of speaking and listening comprehension, both elements often not even assessed in traditional tests. A score out of 100 is attributed to each test-taker. It is up to you to set the minimum level required for each curriculum.

What about your students who wish to study abroad? To help them get into the best schools and universities, making sure they have a good enough level in the courses’ language sets them up for success. The relevance and excellence of academic programs as well as students are what allow long-term exchanges with Alma maters around the world. For students interested in studying abroad, Easyspeaking is a quick and convenient way to test their language level (Spanish, Italian, Mandarin etc.) for the country they’re interested in.

#2. Divide classes into single-level groups

Not all education systems are equal when it comes to teaching and learning languages. So, in an international context and as a player in higher education, it is also your role to give language training a boost.

Placing students in single-level groups is a logical step to ensuring everyone makes progress at their own pace. Easyspeaking simplifies the placement of your students into homogeneous groups based on the CEFR levels. You can even group students by skills and create thematic workshops.

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#3. Protect yourself from cheaters

The relevance of more traditional language tests (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) can be questioned as each test is different and has its own evaluation scale. Some are not tailored to academic contexts, while others don’t even take speaking into account in the final score. Additionally, it is not always easy to check if test-takers are cheating. This leads to situations where students realize they do not have the required proficiency to follow courses once on campus. By offering a digital language test in which video plays a major role, you can ensure the identity of the student and protect yourself from cheating.

#4. Offer the best candidate experience

For students, taking the traditional tests is not a piece of cake. In fact, it's quite the opposite: administrative burdens, expensive tests that require to travel to a test center, strict time limits, etc. How can you make your students’ lives easier and offer them a better experience? By integrating Easyspeaking tests into your admissions process, you allow students to take their test whenever and wherever they want, within a set timeframe, on desktop or mobile.

By implementing this, you also enhance your brand image. Candidates get access to a simple and effective tool for a smooth language assessment process proving just how innovative and forward-thinking your university is.

Also read: How Easyspeaking works in 7 easy steps 

#5. Certify the level of your degrees

In terms of attractiveness, schools and universities focus their efforts on official labels and accreditation that ensure visibility and legitimize their tuition based on what students will earn once they graduate. They also rely heavily on communication and marketing. But there is one decisive element for students that should not be neglected: the educational offer and the learning experience. So, what if you could guarantee your students of their progress in any language at the end of their curriculums? With the Easyspeaking test, you can evaluate your students when they arrive and when they leave to give extra value to your courses. 

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