Why does the world need another English test?After launching iTEP Academic, our test for colleges and universities, we heard from administrators at boarding schools and academies that they were admitting an increasing number of international students, but found that the English testing options available did not meet the needs of their school. Schools were often using paper-based tests that did not offer Internet-based versions, or tests that were not designed for the age demographic of their students

With input from these educators, we created iTEP SLATE, an innovative test that makes designed to help administrators do their jobs. Feedback from our partners remains very important to us. We’d like to share some of those comments with you.

iTEP SLATE is remarkably accessible. Waiting for test dates used to be a problem for some of our applicants, but iTEP SLATE’s on-demand scheduling keeps our admissions process moving along. Plus, the test is quite affordable, and with so many test centers around the world, it’s relatively easy for most applicants to take the test. Once we receive the scores, the incredibly detailed information about the applicants’ skills is very useful to us in our evaluation. For these reasons, we are presently looking into administering SLATE on our campus for placement and progress assessment, in addition to accepting the test for admissions.”

Alex Salvo, Vice Principal, Saint Joseph Catholic School

Once we began accepting iTEP SLATE for admissions, we were pleased to see how Boston Educational Services promoted our school in its test centers, as well as its widely circulated email newsletter, its website, and its large social media presence including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Chinese sites such as Weibo. We are actively encouraging growth in the number of international applications we receive, and accepting a more affordable, easier to schedule test has been instrumental in reaching our goal. It has been clear from the start that BES is not just a test provider, but a partner dedicated to helping institutions and students connect efficiently.”

Chris McGary, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Admissions, Foxcroft Academy

I have found the Secondary Level Assessment Test of English (SLATE), developed by Boston Educational Services, to be the best English proficiency test currently available. iTEP SLATE is user-friendly, highly secure, and practical, and provides counselors and admissions officers information on all linguistic skills, including speaking and writing. This exam maintains the practical aspects of the existing iTEP exam platform of Boston Ed., yet utilizes content specific to the secondary school demographic. During my more than thirty years of experience working in the secondary school environment, I have not seen an exam as reliable and appropriate for the high school-age group as SLATE. I highly recommend its use as an evaluative instrument by secondary school personnel.”

Roger Riske, Ph.D., President, Educational Resource Development Trust

I am very pleased to report that I have found a test that provides a reliable and accurate assessment of a student’s English proficiency and readiness to follow a full-time American high school curriculum. The test, iTEP SLATE (Secondary Level Assessment Test of English), developed by Boston Educational Services, is far superior to other tests of which I am aware that specifically target middle and high school students. iTEP SLATE  can be used for both language class placement and US high school admission. It is currently being utilized for formal English proficiency certification in a number of countries, most notably China, where proper certification is a key component in preparing children for the future.”

Fadi Germanos, Xavier College Preparatory High School