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UT Knoxville Selects OWL Testing Software

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville Selects OWL Testing Software for Administering English Proficiency Testing

PITTSBURGH (May 18, 2009) – OWL Testing Software, a premier provider of affordable Web-based testing and assessment systems for academia, government, and business users announced today that the graduate school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has chosen OWL as the solution for scheduling, administering, and assessing their English speaking proficiency tests. The well-known speaking proficiency English assessment kit is licensed through a non-profit test development organization. It is commonly used by schools like the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to assess the English speaking skills of individuals—in this case, applicants to the University of Tennessee’s graduate school—who are not native speakers of English. OWL was selected because it will dramatically improve the efficiency of that process, as well as empower the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a platform on which to build and expand their use of Web-based technology in every aspect of language teaching and learning.

Dr. Beth Bradley, coordinator, spoken English testing program explains. "We created the spoken English testing program here at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1983 in response to a mandate from the Tennessee General Assembly that all instructional personnel be proficient in spoken English. All prospective teaching assistants or associates whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the spoken English test before they can assume teaching responsibilities here. That process currently requires us to use cassette tapes which, because we do multiple ratings, can become more than a bit cumbersome and tedious. It also doesn’t allow for a systematic way to gather and report on the outcomes of these tests very easily. OWL solves these problems and more. We’ll still use the same licensed test content but instead of paper and cassette tapes we’ll use OWL’s Web-based system. OWL allows us to manage, schedule, and administer the tests, capture the oral responses of each candidate digitally, control multiple ratings, and capture the necessary data for reporting that was either difficult or impossible to do before."

"We’ve evaluated multiple testing solutions and none were as easy to use, intuitive, robust, or powerful as OWL," added Doug Canfield, coordinator of the language resource center at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. "Compared with other software we’ve tried, I expect to have far fewer questions and more adoption from faculty now that we’ll be using OWL."

Chris Dalessandri, OWL Testing Software president and CEO, said, "I’m extremely proud that we’ve been selected by such a prestigious institute as the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The breadth and diversity of scholarship along with the commitment to academic excellence at the University of Tennessee is well known. Everyone at OWL Testing Software feels the same great sense of pride. We’re all looking forward to being a technology partner to everyone at The University of Tennessee for years to come."

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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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. www.utk.edu/