Password Pupil English Language Tests
All Password English language tests, including Password Pupil 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 Pupil 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.
There are three standard Password Pupil tests which have been specifically designed and customised for UK independent and international schools.
This test is used to assess the English language ability of applicants to GCSE, A level and IB programmes. It is often used to screen applicants before a face to face or Skype interview.
This test is used to assess the English language ability of applicants to secondary education. It is often used before a face to face or Skype interview. A semi-adaptive version of Pupil English Younger is now available which assesses a wider range of language ability than the original and has a slightly different format.
Tests can also be customised according to a school’s specific requirements. There are five test modules which can be combined in various ways:
Berlin British School
Bishop’s Stortford College
British School of Ulaanbaatar
Box Hill School
Cambridge Tutors College
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Christ College, Brecon
Dean Close School
German European School Singapore
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Boys
Ipswich High School
King’s Schools Taunton
King Henry VIII College, Malaysia
Leighton Park School
Lime House School
Loughborough Grammar School
Mander Portman Woodward
Milton Abbey School
New Hall School
North London Collegiate School, Jeju
Oxford Sixth Form College
Princess Helena College
Prior Park College
Royal Guard of Oman Technical College
Royal High School Bath
Royal Hospital School
Rye St. Anthony
St. Bees College
St. Bees School, Dongguan
St. Clare’s, Oxford
St. Edmund’s, Canterbury
St. Francis’ College
St. Stephen’s College, Australia
Sutton Valence School
The International College, The King’s School, Canterbury
The King’s Hospital School, Dublin
The Leys School
Before moving to join the Password team, I was both Head of EAL and Head of International Section at d’Overbroeck’s, an independent senior school in Oxford. For nearly 20 years, I worked supporting international pupils in English medium instruction and was part of an admissions team handling significant numbers of international pupil applications.
d’Overbroeck’s adopted Password Pupil tests as part of a strategic review of our admissions processes and this was transformational in terms of our speed and efficiency in assessing applications. It also improved academic practices, such as planning for EAL class groups and appropriate subject option combinations, as well as how we tracked EAL pupil progress and attainment.
As a former Password Pupil test user, I always appreciated the active engagement of the Password team with the independent school sector and their desire to respond to our needs and interests. It is a tradition I am working hard to maintain.
I have been delighted to see the way Password partner schools new and long-standing continue to contribute to the on-going development of a sector bespoke test suite over which they have a true sense ownership. I hope the testimonials you find here will encourage you to get in touch with us and set you on the journey of becoming a partner school too.
“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.”