Surpass Joins the International Language Testing Association

ILTA promotes the improvement of language testing throughout the world.

Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK, 15th April 2021 – Surpass is pleased to announce it has joined the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) as an institutional member.

ILTA is an international group of language testing and assessment scholars and practitioners who together define what it means to be a language tester.

By becoming an institutional member of ILTA, Surpass will benefit from opportunities to share ideas and expertise, and help develop good testing practice by networking and communicating with peers, as gaining access to industry resources and webinars.

The Surpass Community already includes a number of global organizations working in the language testing space, including telc Language Tests, Trinity College London, and Michigan Language Assessment. Surpass technology allows for the secure creation and delivery of all aspects of language testing in one place. Innovative features in the Surpass platform include advanced audio capture features, and audio playback functionality alongside written responses, as well as the ability for test creators to include supplemental rich media files, such as video and ultra-high definition images, to create realistic simulations for all test takers.

By becoming a member of the ILTA, Surpass further demonstrates commitment to the development of language testing and improving the assessment experience for everyone, and seeks to further expand the network of language testing organizations within the Surpass Community.

Keith Myers, CEO, Surpass, commented:

‘We’ve been working with language testing organizations for many years, and have developed many innovative features within the Surpass platform ideal for assessing language ability. We’re delighted to have been welcomed to the ILTA and will take full advantage of all the benefits on offer to further expand our ideas and expertise in this space. We look forward to working with and learning from this strong community of professionals.’

The ILTA host an annual conference, Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), this year being help virtually from 14-17 June. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Assessment in Multilingual Contexts: Models, Practices, Policies and Challenges’, and aims to tackle the issues faced by assessors of language ability in multilingual environments. Learn more about the 42nd LTRC here.

Read how Michigan Language Assessment are making use of the Surpass platform in this press release.

About the International Language Testing Association

ILTA is an international group of language testing and assessment scholars and practitioners whose dedication and work are respected both within and outside the profession, and who together define what it means to be a language tester.

ILTA’s purpose is to promote the improvement of language testing throughout the world.

www.iltaonline.com

About BTL and Surpass

Established in 1985, BTL Group Ltd. has grown into a renowned global provider of assessment technology and services trusted by some of the world’s highest profile providers of high-stakes summative assessments. Since 2007, BTL’s core focus has been the development of its award-winning assessment platform, Surpass. Surpass is considered to be one of the best solutions available and has been used internationally to create, deliver and mark over 30 million computer-based tests to date. BTL’s success has been due to its innovative approach to technological development, its passion for significantly improving assessment for everyone, its creative core, and its refreshing approach to collaboration with partners and Surpass Community members.