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John Jay selects OWL



PITTSBURGH, PA (November 14, 2013) We are excited to share the news that the Foreign Language Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has selected the OWL Enterprise Test Management System for language placement testing. The school is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Instructors at the college are currently using OWL to create placement testing in 5 languages – Portuguese, French, Chinese, Spanish and Italian. John Jay will begin automated language placement testing for the winter semester with a controlled roll-out this fall. The college plans to test hundreds of students beginning in 2014.

"We are pleased to work with The John Jay College of Criminal Justice as they adopt the OWL Test Management System in their computer lab. They will employ many of OWL's features to enhance assessments in their lab — testing integrity, auto registration, and multistage testing to name a few.” According to Chris Dalessandri, OWL Testing Software CEO, “OWL already has an excellent relationship with the City University of New York through The College of Staten Island. We are happy to see this trend continue by working with another school in the CUNY system."

John Jay College of Criminal Justice selected the OWL Test Management System to deliver their language placement exams in the college's computer lab. Using the OWL TMS streamlines testing in the computer lab environment by enabling each department to deliver their unique assessment through the same online vehicle. OWL's test building component provides the flexibility to create custom items to assess multiple languages, subjects, and levels of proficiency. Specifically, OWL's Enterprise Test Management System allows instructors to create customized assessments that contain audio, images, and text. Furthermore, the dynamic feedback feature enables the school to deliver multi-phased testing based upon each individual student's performance. Because the placement exams can be instantly scored, the prospective student can be presented with increasing levels of assessments to ascertain their highest level of language proficiency.

Further features that will help John Jay to streamline and control assessments in a large computer-lab environment include automated registration and account set up features. These features make creating accounts and assigning tests simple. Single-use codes and multiple options for randomization help to ensure test security. Other controls, such as the ability to time students' responses and to determine how many times students can play an audio prompt, further facilitate and simplify test proctoring.


About OWL Testing Software
OWL Testing Software is a leading provider of online test management to academia, business, and government organizations. Built as a Web-based solution for test creation, administration, and management; the OWL Enterprise Test Management System is a flexible online test builder that can be applied to any learning situation. With OWL you can easily incorporate multimedia to create items that assess all four communication skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. OWL is available as licensed software and as a hosted solution (SaaS) to meet the needs of any enterprise or individual concerned with enhancing the assessment process and improving outcomes. Please call us today if you would like more information about how the OWL enterprise test management system can improve your entire assessment process - 1.412.573.6143