ETS and ULCI Expand Relationship in Nepal
- Anne-Marie Matyi
- Nepal Institution to Offer TOEFL® Practice Online
- Anne-Marie Matyi
Princeton, N.J. (February 2, 2009) —
Educational Testing Service, the world’s largest educational research and assessment organization, and Universal Language and Computer Institute (ULCI), announced today that they have entered into an agreement on the distribution of TOEFL® Practice Online (TPO), a web-based simulation test of the TOEFL® iBT.
As part of this agreement, ULCI has been appointed ETS’s first Preferred Vendor in Nepal, expanding its current relationship as a Certified Test Administration Site to include the offering of the TPO product.
“ULCI’s interest in offering TPO is an excellent example of how far a reach ETS products and services now have, and how important English language learning is in the global market,” says John Kochanski, ETS Preferred Network Management Director-Asia Pacific Region. “Nepal, like its neighbors China and India, wants to provide opportunity — not only for its nation, but for its people as well.”
TPO questions are derived from previously administered TOEFL iBT tests and delivered in an environment that simulates the actual test experience. ETS provides the added benefit of automated scoring for personal guidance so that test takers can become familiar with the test format and measure their readiness for test day. TPO is easily accessible through the Internet, regardless of time or location.
“ULCI has been supporting ETS testing programs in Nepal for some time, and we are excited to be expanding our relationship with them as a new member of the ETS Preferred Network,” says Philip Tabbiner, Senior Vice President of ETS’s Global, Partnerships & Business Development Division. “Their dedication and interest in English language learning is impressive and we look forward to working with them in their offering of TPO.”
About ETS and ETS Global Subsidiaries
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.
ETS and its related ETS Global subsidiaries have offices around the world to meet the needs of non–U.S.-based entities in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In serving individuals, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and membership organizations worldwide, ETS offers valid and reliable assessments, research and related services such as customized solutions, workforce products and services, and research-based teaching and learning tools.
About Universal Language and Computer Institute (ULCI)
Universal Language and Computer Institute (ULCI) is the only Institution in Nepal that has been consistently and successfully providing Language & Computer Training, Test Preparation Classes and Study Abroad Counseling Services for national and international students for over two decades. ULCI operates from four different locations, Putalisadak Chowk and Dillibazar Height Marg in Kathmandu, Kumaripati in Lalitpur and Mahendrapool in Pokhara. All locations are fully equipped with advanced teaching and learning materials and study aids so that our students get the maximum benefits from their courses. For more information, visit ULCI’s website at www.ulci.edu.np.