Since our launch in 2008, hundreds of educational institutions and employers have partnered with Password to enhance their in-house testing.
A commitment to continuous investment in the technology that underpins our testing and supports our large data bank of questions.
We offer the expertise of our world-leading team of academics in testing and assessment along with a superb technical support team.
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“The support team at Password responds to queries promptly and any issues that have arisen have been dealt with quickly and efficiently.”
“The support team is prompt and professional; we have been very satisfied with our experience partnering with Password.”
Password English Language Tests
Password English language tests are designed and academically managed by CRELLA (the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment), a research group involved in the development and validation of many of the world’s most renowned English language assessments including IELTS and the Cambridge suite.
The tests are formally aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.
Password Maths tests were developed following demand from institutions already using our English tests. In 2017, we undertook an extensive consultation with our partner universities, colleges and schools and worked with senior maths teachers from a consortium of leading UK independent schools to ensure the tests would enjoy the same academic validity and usability as our English tests.
All Password tests are proven to have extremely high levels of accuracy since their launch in 2008.
The Password journey started in the UK back in 2003 when, as a senior manager of Brunel University London, I was tasked with trebling the number of international students. One of the tools I needed to achieve this was a secure way of reliably assessing the English language capabilities of students applying to the University.
Having developed our own paper-based English test and realising its drawbacks, I tried to set up a consortium of universities to develop a better and more secure online version of the test. Whilst there was much interest in the idea, turning it into reality proved impossible. As the saying goes, and meaning no offence to universities or cats as I am rather fond of them both, it was like trying to herd cats!
I therefore decided in 2008 to go it alone and with the help of some funding from the University of the Arts London began an amazing journey which has helped not only UK universities recruit and retain more international students but has given universities, colleges, schools and employers across the world accurate, reliable and secure English language and Maths tests which are used for more purposes than I could ever have dreamt of. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Password tests are now used in over 120 countries around the world.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners for your inspiration and ideas which continue to guide us to develop and improve our test products and services to better suit your needs.
“I have been an enthusiastic user of Password testing for many years. At the University of Essex, I used Password Knowledge to screen around 1,200 students each year on arrival. This enabled the University to quickly identify non-native English speaking students who were unexpectedly weak at English and intervene effectively.
At the University of Suffolk and LSBU, I use Password Skills in overseas markets as an aid to international student recruitment. With Password testing, the University is firmly in the driving seat and benefits from Password’s ease of use, fast turnaround, security of test, value for money and of course accurate results.”
“Password Pupil has given King’s Ely a single-platform testing management system for years 6-13 for all our international applicants. The content is rigorous, valid and randomly generated and managing the system has proved simple with excellent customer support from the Password support team. From an academic point of view, the system offers a cohesive way to compare results to the CEFR and general English levels, while the online writing tasks are varied and appropriate for academic school-level English."
"Within the school we have become far more efficient as Password means all of us in admissions and management can access results directly, reducing emails and phone calls on a day-to-day basis. Password has given us a bespoke, professional and effective product that exceeded our expectations and meets our international admissions needs completely.”
“I first discovered Password testing in 2008 whilst working at Kaplan International Colleges establishing pathway colleges for entry to UK universities. Since then, at the University of Leicester and now The Aga Khan University, I have used the tests in a number of ways, all benefiting from an assessment that offers great value and efficiency, providing accurate and reliable results. Uses include: supporting English language assessments for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as to pathway, pre-sessional and distance learning programmes."
"I have also used Password for benchmarking purposes and to assess rates of progress while studying in an English medium environment. Being able to map the results against the CEFR [Common European Framework of Reference] means you can benchmark the Password scores with an international measure of language proficiency. ELT is a great company to work with – flexible, innovative and with excellent customer support.”
“For many years we had used our own paper-based tests to assess prospective international pupils. But these were often returned incomplete, as badly scanned attachments, or in file formats it was impossible to print. Even when our tests were returned intact, the whole admissions decision-making process was dependent on our teachers having enough time to mark the papers promptly."
On a marketing trip to China, a representative from Strathallan School showed me their Password Pupil tests running. I saw how easy the platform was to use and how rapidly the results appeared. After a demonstration of the full Password Pupil suite of tests by Caroline Browne, the founder of Password, we adopted both the English and Maths tests. I am just so glad to have come across it - we haven’t looked back.”
Bishopstrow College has been using Password Maths and English assessments for a number of years, as part of the admissions process for international students enrolling on Bishopstrow’s 1 Year IGCSE Programme. In October 2018, the parent company of Bishopstrow – Inspiring Futures Ltd – acquired Padworth College, an international boarding school offering I/GCSEs, A Levels and the NCUK International Foundation Year programme.
Following the acquisition and in an effort to raise academic standards, Padworth immediately launched an academic scholarship programme to attract students of a higher academic ability/potential. With 80% of enrolments being international students, many of whom have English as a Second Language, it was very important that the admissions process for scholarship applicants including a rigorous English and Maths assessment.
Following on the lead of Bishopstrow. Padworth selected Password for its academic scholarship tests. Not only was Password able to provide an accurate indication of a prospective student’s ability, the online nature of the Password tests ensured that the tests were easy to administer through education agents.
In addition, the fact that the results are available very quickly through the Password portal, was another factor in selecting Password. We have been very happy with our collaboration with Password to date and have recently extended the Password assessments to all applicants applying to Padworth.