Customer Stories

Online ELTiS - an incredible asset to our student exchange efforts!

My name is Earl Follis and I am a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) club counselor in the Austin, Texas area. More and more school districts in Texas are requiring an English proficiency test for inbound exchange students but districts don't always communicate those changing language requirements to us in a timely fashion. As a result, though we start planning and working with our inbound exchangers months in advance, we once again found ourselves with two exchange students who at the very last minute needed an English proficiency test before school districts would guarantee enrollment. We had to scramble to find an English proficiency test that they could take in their home country; one that could get graded and submitted to the school district as quickly as possible.

Online ELTiS Immediate Score Reports-A Solution to Our Problems

When we found out about the new Online ELTiS test with immediate score reports, it almost sounded too good to be true. But not only is it good and true, it works well, is easy to administer, and it's an elegant solution to what was an ongoing problem for us over the last few years.

This year, we had an exchange student living in a medium-sized town in Bolivia who had no options for taking an English proficiency test in-person anywhere in her home country and we didn't have time to mail a test to her. She was heartbroken that the lack of access to an English proficiency test was going to dash her hopes of being an exchange student in the U.S. Another student from a medium-sized town in Spain found an English proficiency test offered in another city but it was a four-hour drive from her home and her parents could not take time off work to drive her to the testing location.

While searching for a viable solution for these two students, we found the new Online ELTiS test. We purchased Online ELTiS test credits and we administered a test for each of these exchange students in their home town a few days later. The student from Spain scored a Level 4 and the student from Bolivia scored a Level 5. Both demonstrated their understanding of the English language via the Online ELTiS test and both now have their high school enrollment guarantee in place for their exchange year.

Without the Online ELTiS test and the immediate score report, neither of these young ladies would be able to come to the U.S. for the upcoming school year, even though both clearly have an excellent grasp of English.

Needless to say, the Online ELTiS is an incredible asset to our student exchange efforts! We can't say thank you enough!

Earl Follis
RYE Local Coordinator
Central Texas Rotary District 5870