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University of TN at Knoxville installs OWL

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) Installs OWL Testing Software for English Speaking Proficiency (ESL) Testing

PITTSBURGH (July 20, 2010) – The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and OWL Testing Software, a premier provider of affordable web-based testing and assessment systems, announced today that the University’s graduate school has installed OWL’s language testing software as the solution for their English speaking proficiency tests.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is using OWL Testing Software to schedule, administer and assess a well-known English speaking proficiency test. The University is using the test to evaluate the English-speaking skills of graduate school applicants for whom English is not their native language. OWL Testing Software has enabled the University to improve dramatically the efficiency of administering the test. The OWL software also allows the University’s raters to evaluate those oral language assessments online.

OWL Testing Software provides a web-based alternative to administering the oral proficiency test in the traditional manner, with cumbersome paper and cassette tapes. With OWL Testing Software the University can manage, schedule, and administer the tests. OWL also captures the oral responses of each candidate digitally, controls multiple ratings, and captures the necessary data for reporting.

"We will be using OWL for all language assessments this year.” Dr. Beth Bradley, coordinator of the spoken English testing program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, explains. “We were very impressed with the success of our pilot testing and how easily we were able to upload the test content to OWL. The rating and reporting features in OWL are valuable tools to more efficiently evaluate speaking proficiency.”

Chris Dalessandri, OWL Testing Software president and CEO, said, "We are pleased that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has partnered with OWL to deliver a third party ESL oral proficiency test through our software. Many institutions use this test to evaluate their students. With the flexibility of our application, the exam can be delivered and evaluated through a state-of-the-art platform.” Dalessandri continues, “Perhaps more importantly, OWL empowers our clients by providing them with a way to build and expand their use of web-based technology in every aspect of language teaching and learning.”

About OWL Testing Software
OWL Testing Software is a leading provider of language test building software to academia, business, and government markets. Built as a Web-based solution for test creation, administration, and management, OWL Testing Software is unique in its ability to create tests for all four communication skills – oral, aural, reading and writing. OWL is available as licensed software and as a hosted solution to meet the needs of the largest and smallest schools, businesses, and government agencies concerned with enhancing the language learning process and outcomes. Please visit www.owlts.com or call 412.573.6143 for more information.

About UTK
From ever-increasing research dollars to affordability and value, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is recognized by many for its high-quality programs and initiatives that prepare students to thrive in a global economy. As the state's flagship, research-intensive university, UT is the state’s leader in promoting education, research and public service and continues to strengthen its impact on the citizenry of Tennessee. For more information visit www.utk.edu.