LTI celebrates 25 years of language testing expertise

In 1992, Language Testing International (LTI) was founded as a way to bring reliable proficiency testing to a wider audience, and so began our close partnership with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Twenty-five years and almost three million assessments later, LTI is still proud to be the official testing office of ACTFL and the sole licensee of their assessments. Our goal remains the same – deliver valid and reliable language proficiency tests to the public – and here is how we have responded to the changing needs of our customers; expanded list of languages, remote proctoring services, task analysis and customization services. These days we do it at a scale and in ways facilitated by computer adapted technology and remote proctoring when appropriate, in markets such as K-12, Higher Education, Fortune 500 companies, state and local municipalities and the federal government. We couldn’t have imagined twenty-five years ago that we would be delivering over six hundred thousand tests annually!

LTI collageWhat makes LTI stand out from other testing services? LTI delivers best in class assessment options to our clients. We offer an end-to-end solution to our customers, and test in over 120 languages. We’ve delivered over four hundred thousand tests to school-aged, high school and college students. In our commercial markets, we deliver assessments to the top Fortune 100 companies and beyond. We now offer customized tests that target the specific needs of our clients. Developing a true partnership is what differentiates LTI from other providers. We don’t just supply tests, we offer language proficiency solutions.

Working hand in hand with ACTFL, we deliver valid and reliable assessments of the highest quality. Tester-takers can count on ACTFL test scores to document their proficiency levels, and use it as proof of their progress and skills.

Along with some of the leading second language acquisition researchers and test developers, LTI works with over 400 linguists and language experts to refine guidelines and deliver the latest studies.

“We are advocates for all our clients” explains Helen Hamlyn, LTI co-founder and CEO, “and that includes our test-takers as well. Our remote proctoring technology allows students and professionals to take assessments anytime, anywhere they can find a computer and a quiet spot.” Remote proctoring makes it much easier for individuals who need to prove their language proficiency level to do so. As the need for bilingual communicators grows, so will the need for proper credentialing. “We’re looking at data that are talking about employers doubling in the numbers that are requiring bilingual employees just from 2010 to 2015” cites Marty Abbott, ACTFL Executive Director, assuring that this number is going to continue increasing and highlighting the importance of having reliable language credential to validate one’s language proficiency.

Moving into 2018, we are thrilled to continue our strong history of leading by innovation.

Thank you for your support these past 25 years. The LTI staff, and our colleagues at ACTFL, look forward to another 25 years of progress and service.

View this from our CEO about our success and what is ahead.

Lisa March is a bilingual Marketing and Sales Executive. She works closely with LTI on strategic partnerships, business development and marketing. Her efforts help LTI scale the use and implementation of language assessments in schools, institutions, corporations and government agencies.