Presenter(s): Andrew Khan

Institutional English proficiency assessment, whether for placement, the monitoring of progression or access to courses, can put a significant strain on teachers. The construction, administration and marking of ‘in house’ tests often eats into time better spent teaching or planning lessons, even without the added complexity of needing to deliver tests in situations where the learner can’t be physically present at the school or university.

The Versant English Placement Test (VEPT) is a fast, fair and cost-effective way to measure English proficiency of students, whether they’re on campus or thousands of miles away. With results that come back in minutes, powered by Pearson’s unique machine learning assessment technology, and the option for remote video monitoring to provide additional peace of mind, it’s a solution with a range of potential uses.

In this session, Andrew Khan from the Pearson English Assessment team will provide an introduction to VEPT.

Presenter: Andrew Khan

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Presenter: Andrew Khan

Presenter(s): Mike Mayor

The Global Scale of English (GSE) is an extension of the CEFR for English, with hundreds more Can-Do statements to address the needs of a wider range of learners.

Critical to the project has been the development of tools and resources to support teachers in implementing the GSE (and the CEFR) in their day-to-day teaching.

This session will explore the GSE framework, showcasing the tools and resources that are freely available online to support teaching and assessment in the classroom.

Presenter: Mike Mayor

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Presenter: Mike Mayor

Presenter(s): Darren Nicholls

The Level Test and Benchmark Test are the newest proficiency tests from Pearson English. Backed by the same automated scoring technology as our other proficiency assessments, these web-based tests first stream students into the appropriate class and then monitor their progress over an extended period of time.

Both tests are hosted on a new platform, Test Hub, which supports the notion of "lifelong learning" by bringing together all proficiency assessments under one roof.

The Benchmark Test carries on where English Benchmark Young Learners leaves off, by introducing rich reports that leverage mapping to Pearson courseware - to better focus teaching and allow students to take ownership of their out-of-school learning.

Presenter: Darren Nicholls

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Presenter: Darren Nicholls

Presenter(s): Jenny Liontou

Research shows that while EFL teachers overwhelmingly recognise the value of assessment in the classroom, they sometimes feel uncertain when it comes to digital assessment tools, especially for younger learners.

This session will explain how to get the best out of digital assessment – examining the English Benchmark Young Learners test in particular as a tool that not only helps teachers to effectively monitor young students’ progress, but also gives powerful, targeted feedback and direction for the teaching programme itself.

Presenter: Jenny Liontou

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Presenter: Jenny Liontou

Presenter(s): Darren Nicholls

Launched in 2018, English Benchmark Young Learners is aimed at young learners (6-14). It is a diagnostic and formative tool that can also be used as a progress montior, and covers pre A1 to B1+ (10 - 58) on the GSE. Fun and interactive, this gamified, tablet-based assessment puts young learners at ease.

In this session, Darren will talk through the structure of the test, the interactions, the ease of administration and the richness of the score reports.

English Benchmark Young Learners is the first Pearson English assessment to directly map to Pearson courseware.

Presenter: Darren Nicholls

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Presenter: Darren Nicholls

Presenter(s): Jo Sale

Getting ready for any 4-skills based test can be tricky and is not only about familiarity with the test, but also the skills needed for success.

Practice Test Plus PTE General is specifically designed to be used in a classroom setting, through online lessons or individually. It offers teachers and students a complete set of materials to help them get familiar with PTE General and improve skills for taking the test, however they choose to use it. Created specifically for each PTE General level, the series gives an overview of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for the paper-based test, as well as guidance, strategies and tips on approaching each task type.

In this webinar, we’ll talk about ideas for how to use the print, online and blended materials in both physical and virtual classrooms as well as some of the extra support resources available to teachers and students.

Presenter: Jo Sale

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Presenter: Jo Sale

Presenter(s): Jane Bledsoe

PTE General English test-takers around the globe tell us that their certificate is one of the most important parts of taking a general English proficiency test.

Find out how PTE General is helping test-takers prove their proficiency and achieve their goals. Get an early look at new practice content and find out more about the computer-based test launching in 2021.

Presenter: Jane Bledsoe

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Presenter: Jane Bledsoe

Presenter(s): Melanie Drake

Help your students prepare for the test with our range of preparation resources. Whether you are completely new to PTE Academic, or simply want to fine-tune your skills and find out what material we have to support you, learn how to map out your journey with us.

In this webinar, we'll take a look at the Teacher Preparation Pathway, a handy tool that has all the resources you need in one place to prepare your learners. We'll also be focusing on our new Teacher Community and all the support coming this year.

Presenter: Melanie Drake

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Presenter: Melanie Drake

Presenter(s): David Booth

Artificial intelligence (AI) is part of our everyday lives and promises to become ubiquitous in our homes, schools and workplaces. How are we using AI in education and in particular in assessment? What benefits does it bring to students teachers and parents?

This webinar will look at how artificial intelligence is used in assessment. In particular how AI can help complete the circle of learning and assessment, giving immediate feedback to students to help make learning more efficient. We will also discuss the role of the teacher and how AI applications can free up teacher time for more meaningful interaction with their students.

We will look to the future to see what further potential AI has to support teaching and learning.

Presenter: David Booth

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Presenter: David Booth