Gold Standard Testing for Schools
Password tests were developed by world leading experts in testing and assessment. They are used by British independent and international Schools to assess students both pre- and post-arrival in order to support student recruitment and admission.
Our school partners, using the Password Pupil suite of tests, all benefit from a unique combination of high quality and easily accessible testing, which is operated under their own control and brand. Password tests are used to ensure a good fit between incoming pupil and school.
Password Pupil tests are aligned to international standards, simple to administer and deliver accurate results which can be relied upon for high stakes admissions decisions.
Test delivery, results and certificates are securely managed online, eliminating the need to create examinations, print and distribute exam papers, collect and mark scripts and input data.
Understanding Our Partner Schools
The Password Pupil suite of tests was developed in consultation with a group of leading UK independent schools and the Password Pupil Writing test was further customised by d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford. As one of the UK’s leading independent schools, d’Overbroeck’s has an outstanding international department for students transitioning into the UK’s education system and progressing onto leading universities.
Customised High Quality Testing
Password partners enjoy a unique combination of high quality and easily accessible testing operated under their own control and brand. Password partners benefit from:
- The expertise of our world-leading team of academics in testing and assessment.
- Our large data bank of questions.
- Our continuous investment in the technology that underpins our testing.
- Our world class service and support.
Password English language tests and test modules are designed and academically managed by CRELLA (the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment) at the University of Bedfordshire. Founded by Professor Cyril Weir OBE and directed by Professor Anthony Green, CRELLA are a research group of world leading experts in testing and assessment, who are involved in the development and validation of many of the world’s most renowned English language assessments including Password, IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge suite.
Password English tests are formally aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.
More information about the CEFR.
Password English language tests have proven to have extremely high levels of accuracy since their launch in 2008. For more detailed information about our tests, please read through the documents below:
The Password Maths test in its current form was developed during 2017 in consultation with senior maths teachers from a consortium of leading UK independent schools. It replaces the original Password Maths test designed by Dr Harriet Jones, Director of the University of East Anglia’s Pre-University Skills Programme and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Used to assess the English language ability of applicants to GCSE, A Level and IB programmes.
This test consists of two test modules, Password Pupil Knowledge and Password Pupil Writing and is often used to screen applicants ahead of a face to face or Skype interview. The test is aligned to the CEFR A2 to C1 and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.
Used to assess the English language ability of applicants to secondary education.
This test is a simplified, shorter version of the Password Pupil Knowledge and Writing test and is often used to screen applicants ahead of a face to face or Skype interview. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A1 to B1) and takes 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Used to assess the mathematical ability of applicants to secondary education, GCSE, A Level and IB programmes.
This is a modular test, consisting of a choice of eight different test modules set at different levels. These test modules are combined in various ways to meet our individual partner institutions’ requirements.
Password Maths tests are used primarily for admissions purposes or to check incoming students’ knowledge of mathematics. Ordinarily, four test modules will be selected and built into a test which will take 1 hour to complete.
Test Module Details
Password tests are made up of one or more test modules.
Password Pupil Knowledge
Password Pupil Knowledge is a sophisticated test of English language grammar, vocabulary and reading. It consists of five sections and takes 1 hour to complete.
Password Pupil Writing
Password Pupil Writing assesses a test-taker’s ability to write an essay. Test-takers are presented with a choice of two essay titles and are given instructions regarding length and content. It takes 30 minutes to complete.
Password Pupil Younger Knowledge
Password Pupil Younger Knowledge is a simplified version of Password Pupil Knowledge. It is a sophisticated test of English language grammar and vocabulary. It consists of four sections and takes 45 minutes to complete.
Password Pupil Younger Writing
Password Pupil Younger Writing is a simplified version of Password Pupil Writing. It assesses a test-taker’s ability to write a simple essay. Test-takers are presented with a choice of two essay titles and are given instructions regarding length and content. It takes 20 minutes to complete.
There are eight different test modules which are combined in various ways depending upon the level at which our partners wish to assess. The eight test modules cover a wide range of topics including:
Numeracy | Algebra | Geometry | Trigonometry | Statistics | Indices | Surds | Series | Graphs and Functions
Ordinarily, four test modules are selected and set up into a test which takes 1 hour to complete.
Our Partner Schools
Bellerbys College Brighton
Bellerbys College Cambridge
Bellerbys College London
British School of Ulaanbaatar
Box Hill School
Cambridge Tutors College
Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Christ College, Brecon
German European School Singapore
King’s College Saint Michaels
King Henry VIII College, Malaysia
Leighton Park School
Lime House School
Mander Portman Woodward
Milton Abbey School
New Hall School
Oxford Sixth Form College
St Bees College
St Francis’ College
St Stephen’s College, Australia
The King’s Hospital School, Dublin
The Mount, Mill Hill International
Royal Guard of Oman Technical College
Royal Hospital School
The Leys School
What our partners say
“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 ELT 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.”
International Registrar, Felsted School, Essex.
“Password provides us with an efficient and reliable way of assessing the ability of students on application, allowing us to accurately assess their suitability for a particular course and advise them accordingly.”