British Council announces a new partnership with TestReach to transform English language testing worldwide
The British Council has today announced a new partnership with TestReach to transform the global delivery of the British Council’s language tests, including the flagship Aptis test and the new Foundation English test. Aptis is a well-established English language proficiency test taken by more than 1.8 million candidates in around 85 countries. It is trusted by governments, universities, schools, companies and other institutions, and is used for a variety of entry, proficiency, exit and accreditation purposes. In 2021, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) that regulates qualifications, examinations and tests in England, began to officially regulate Aptis.
TestReach are Winners at the Innovation Awards 2022!
TestReach co-founders, Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey, have been jointly awarded the Founder of the Year Award at the UCD Innovation Awards 2022. The annual innovation awards highlight successes made in areas of knowledge transfer, consultancy, entrepreneurship and the promotion of an innovation culture, by members of the UCD research, innovation and start-up community. The awards were presented by Professor Barbara Dooley, Acting UCD Registrar and Deputy President during an event held in the UCD University Club. Louella Morton said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, which recognises the great achievement of everyone at TestReach, who worked tirelessly in very exceptional circumstances. There is huge momentum within the company and we look forward to continued growth throughout 2022 and beyond.” Sheena Bailey added, “It is wonderful to win this award as two female co-founders of a high-growth tech company. I’d like to thank the TestReach team who have been such a key part of the journey, and those at NovaUCD for their support over the last number of years. We have always had great ambitions for TestReach, and it is really fantastic to see those ambitions being realised.”
Covid-19 : TestReach Remote Invigilation Service is Fully Operational
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a large impact on summative assessment, with many exams that were due to be run in test centres either being cancelled or significantly disrupted.
In these difficult times, the TestReach remote invigilation service is fully operational and we are supporting our customers as they continue rolling out formal exams, which we supervise online, without the need for candidates to come to a test centre.
If your exams are being impacted by COVID-19 and you’d like to explore options that can be quickly and easily rolled out, we’d welcome the opportunity to have a chat and can provide you with information on which to make an informed decision straight away.
2,700 Doctors Sit Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Examinations using TestReach’s Remote Invigilation Technology During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) announced that 2,700 doctors, from 38 countries, have taken its written membership examinations for postgraduate medical qualifications during the past year using advanced remote examination invigilation technology developed by TestReach. The RCPI expects the number of doctors sitting examinations using TestReach’s technology to increase during 2021. Test-centre based RCPI membership exams were postponed last year for a time due to COVID-19 restrictions, and an alternative way to sit a secure, invigilated exam was urgently required to allow doctors to progress through their training and career. By moving quickly to utilise remote invigilation technology, RCPI has enabled doctors to continue to sit their exams, in a secure manner, from home or a secure location. This has been of critical importance to enable trainee doctors continue with their career progress and professional development.
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The Compliance and Skills Academy Shortlisted for eAssessment Award
We are delighted to share the news that our client, The Compliance & Skills Academy, have been shortlisted for a coveted eAssessment Award! The Compliance & Skills Academy were shortlisted in the “Best Use of Summative Assessment” category. This is in recognition of the exceptional work done over the past few years to make Level 1 Health & Safety training and examinations available online to all construction workers in the UK. COSAC’s innovative Safe2Site course means that workers at any location in the UK can study their course online, and then using TestReach remote invigilation, can sit a secure, invigilated exam online. This has massively increased accessibility to this qualification for all. Even during the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, workers have been able to continue to access this course and sit their exam to obtain the required “Green Labourers’ Card”.
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TestReach Launches Exam Candidate Interface in 10 Languages, including Mandarin, Russian and Portuguese.
TestReach have announced the launch of an extended range of languages for their exam candidate interface. The exam interface covers the range of screens and messaging with which candidates engage in order to book and take their exam, or to connect with their online invigilator. The TestReach exam candidate interface is now available in 10 languages, including Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Irish.
The new language features provide a solution to a major challenge facing any large training or awarding organisation, which is to provide flexible, computer-based assessments and examinations for any candidate in any location worldwide. While it has always been possible to rollout questions and tests on TestReach in any language, this launch means organisations now have more language options with which to present the full exam experience to candidates.
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TestReach and THEYA Healthcare Founders Win 2020 Irish Women’s Awards
TestReach announced today that the company’s female co-founders, Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey, have won the Irish Women’s Award 2020 for ‘Business of the Year’. This was presented at an awards gala event in Dublin. The Irish Women’s Awards were created to recognise and celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many others that make Ireland a great and more equal place to live and work. The judges recognised that the knowledge, passion and drive of TestReach’s co-founders had led to the creation of a new technology company that is transforming the world of examinations and assessment. It was a strong example of the impact that women can have in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) environments.
Four NovaUCD Founders Shortlisted for the 2020 Irish Women’s Awards
Four NovaUCD founders are among the finalists shortlisted for the 2020 Irish Women’s Awards, including the two co-founders of TestReach, Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey, who are nominated in the ‘Business of the Year’ award category. These awards, taking place for the second time in Ireland, recognise and celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many others across the country. The event, taking place in Dublin on the 29th January 2020, will honour organisations with influential and hardworking women making a change in various industries.
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TestReach E-Assessment Customer Forum 2019
Pictured at the TestReach Customer Forum are (L-R) Véronique Blanck, Council of Europe; Ana Rocha, European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies; Simon O'Carroll, TestReach; Jeannine Uysal, Council of Europe.
The TestReach Customer Forum took place in The Morrison Hotel in Dublin city centre on 7th November 2019. With a packed agenda and a fully booked event, this conference gave TestReach clients a fantastic opportunity to meet each other, network and learn more about the world of assessment technology and the future of TestReach.
Featuring talks from our client support, product management, development, user experience design and marketing teams, as well as interactive sessions from our clients – the conference was engaging, informative and fun. To quote one guest, "I thoroughly enjoyed the well organised event and having the opportunity to put names to faces. I thought the speeches were extremely informative and well structured and in particular it was good to hear other client's experiences."
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to Work with TestReach
to Transform Management of its Exams
TestReach, providers of innovative technology that allows any exam to be created and run online, today announced that the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is working with company to transform the management of its examinations.
“This is a very important development for RCPI because of the high volume of examinations we run, over 70 different examinations per year, which means managing an extensive bank of many thousands of questions. Working with TestReach will give the College greater security and flexibility in the management of questions and generation of exam papers. This will facilitate more effective creation of exams which will impact up to 3,000 candidates annually,” said Alan O’Mahony, Project Manager, RCPI. “TestReach enables us to offer an innovative and user-friendly way to manage our exam development, which helps maintain and strengthen the integrity of the entire exam process,” he added.
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TestReach Co-Founders Win WMB Woman in Technology Award 2018
Sheena Bailey and Louella Morton, CEO and Executive Director of TestReach respectively, have jointly won the “Woman in Technology Award 2018” which was presented to them at the Women Mean Business Conference and Awards in Dublin today. They were up against some stiff competition from other leading technology companies, including women in senior positions in Microsoft, EventBrite, Payslip and others. The judges recognised the contribution TestReach’s co-founders have made in not only developing innovative new technology but also their strong business performance, with TestReach technology having a transformative impact on the world of examinations and assessment.
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Female-led Irish Technology Company Supplying Online Assessment Software wins Digital Disruptor Award 2018
Testreach, headquartered at NexusUCD, today announced that the company has won the Digital Disruptor award for 2018, which was presented at an Enterprise Ireland event at Deloitte Digital in London. The Digital Disruptor award created by Enterprise Ireland aims to recognise Irish companies that are disrupting the marketplace in which they operate through technological innovation. The judges recognised TestReach’s technology as transformative in the world of examinations and assessment, and that there is a strong market demand internationally for this solution.
Pictured are Anne Lloyd, Development Operations Manager at Deloitte Digital UK with Louella Morton, Executive Director, TestReach, at the event where TestReach won the Digital Disruptor 2018 Award.
The Nautical Institute Wins “Excellence in Export” Award at the 2018 International e-Assessment Awards
TestReach, providers of a computer-based assessment solution that transforms how organisations create and deliver tests and exams, today announced that their client, The Nautical Institute in London, has been named the winner of the “Excellence in Export” award in the 2018 annual E-Assessment Awards. The awards honour those organisations who are blazing a trail in changing the way that examinations are run, and the export award specifically recognises organisations who have delivered innovative and effective programmes in one or more countries outside of their main country of operation.
Pictured is Captain John Lloyd, CEO of The Nautical Institute, with the 2018 eAssessment Award for Excellence in Export.
The Compliance & Skills Academy Teams up with TestReach to Transform Exam Delivery for Construction Workers
The Compliance and Skills Academy (COSAC), a training institute which delivers courses in a range of construction specialities including the Safe2Site™ online course, have announced that they will be deploying TestReach, an online exam and assessment technology provider, to transform the way that construction courses and assessment will be delivered in the UK.
Now, new technology means that construction workers can not only study the Safe2Site course material online via their mobile or laptop, they can also sit their exam assessment of this course online as well. This is done by a technology called remote invigilation, where a supervisor connects to the candidate for the duration of the exam, and monitors them over the web using video, audio and remote screen share.
Pictured is Louella Morton, Executive Director, TestReach, with new client Andy Mason, Academy Director, Compliance & Skills Academy (COSAC)
Pictured at an Enterprise Ireland event in London on Wednesday 14th March, were (from left to right), Louella Morton, Executive Director, TestReach; Rachel Wilson, Head of Assessment Delivery, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply; Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Michael Creed TD; Sheena Bailey, CEO, TestReach; Marina Donohoe, Director of UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland.
Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, welcomed the success of TestReach, who were accompanied by their new clients, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. “This is a very positive story and should be an encouragement to other female-founded tech companies,” he said. “As the worldwide authority on procurement, who run thousands of exams globally, I am sure the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply ran a rigorous selection process. It is a testament to the innovation and professionalism of Irish technology companies that they selected TestReach.”
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply to Use TestReach to Run Online Assessments for Candidates Worldwide
TestReach, providers of innovative technology that allows any type of exam to be run and invigilated over the Web, today announced that the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) will now work with TestReach to transform how they deliver assessments to their membership base worldwide.
CIPS is the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession, and provides an extensive range of training and qualifications to professionals who wish to accelerate learning and development in this specialist field.
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TestReach Launches New Range of Reporting Features to Track Training Effectiveness and Impact on Job Performance
TestReach, providers of innovative technology that allows any type of exam to be run and invigilated over the Web, today announced the launch of a range of new reporting features that enable detailed tracking of the effectiveness of training and the impact of training on job performance. This launch coincides with the Learning Technologies event running in Olympia, London.
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TestReach Announces Today Launch of New Offline Assessment Portal™
TestReach, providers of a complete online assessment solution that includes test authoring, exam delivery, marking, reporting and remote invigilation, today announced the launch of their new Offline Assessment Portal™. This is the latest addition to the range of exam delivery methods available through the TestReach solution and will be of significant interest to awarding bodies who run international qualifications. The Offline Assessment Portal™ allows organisations to offer a full suite of computer-based exam options to candidates and test centres in any location worldwide, with or without internet connectivity.
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Institute of Directors Win ‘Best Institute’ at the new International e-Assessment Awards
TestReach, makers of a complete online assessment solution that includes test authoring capability and remote invigilation, today announced that their client, the Institute of Directors in London, has been named the winner of “Best Institute” in the first annual E-Assessment Awards. This award honours those organisations who are blazing a trail in changing the way that examinations are run. Used globally by many Professional Bodies and Chartered Associations, TestReach helps organisations offer an advanced and flexible way for members to sit certification exams.
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