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About us
English Language Testing Ltd design, develop and distribute Password tests which are used to recruit, support and retain students and staff, whilst upholding academic standards.
PartnersIn detail
496
Partners
120
Countries run in
2008
Year started
PartnersIn detail
496
Partners
120
Countries run in
2008
Year started
Our vision
Password tests were originally created with the ambition to
transform the world of international admissions for universities.

Since 2008 our mission has extended to offering all educational institutions,
government bodies and employers online tests designed by world leading experts in
assessment, run under our partners' own control and brand wherever and whenever they are required.

Password tests have proven to have extremely high levels of accuracy and are now used by hundreds of organisations all around
the world.
University and College Students
Our values

Our values are honesty and simplicity in everything we do. We believe that consultation and communication should be at the heart of each and every new development and enhancement.

All Password products and services are designed to deliver clear value to our partners.

School Pupils and Parents
Our history

The Password journey started in the UK back in 2003 when, as a senior manager of Brunel University London, Caroline Browne our founder was tasked with trebling the number of international students. One of the tools she needed to achieve this was a secure way of reliably assessing the English language capabilities of students applying to the University.

Having developed their own paper-based English test and realising its drawbacks, Caroline consulted with other UK universities and found that there was a widespread need for a different way of assessing incoming international students.

So, with the help of some funding from the University of the Arts London, Caroline 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 she could ever have dreamt of. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Password tests are now used in over 120 countries around the world.

Our test integrity

Password English tests are academically designed and managed by CRELLA based at the University of Bedfordshire. Founded by Professor Cyril Weir OBE and now directed by Professor Anthony (Tony) Green, CRELLA are a research group of world leading experts in testing and assessment.

In the recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the most recent official UK government assessment of university research, CRELLA’s work was assessed as 100% 4* (the highest category and “world leading”) for the impact of research in language assessment.

All Password English tests are formally aligned to the CEFR.

The Password Maths test was originally designed by a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. During 2017 it was refined and extended in consultation with a group of leading UK independent schools.

All Password tests are designed with security in mind.

 

 

Company Registration

English Language Testing Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales with company number 06287003. The company commenced trading on 11th February 2008.

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