Euroexam Training Services
The Euro Examination Centre established a teacher training department in 2002, which undertook the training of examiners and of teachers preparing their students for the Euroexams. Since 2002, 450 examiners have been trained, and over 500 have participated in accredited teacher training courses. The Euro Examination Centre also offers workshops and short training courses on the background and practical aspects of the CEFR for teachers of English, German and other languages.
The Euroexam Centre publishes course books and practice tests which are widely available through local testing centres, bookshops and online. Practice tests and teaching materials, which can be downloaded without charge, have also been made available, as well as weekly downloadable tasks. All Euroexam audio material is downloadable free of charge.
In October 2010, Euroexam e-learning was launched. Future candidates − or any learner interested − can take a placement test and start a six-week introductory, or a four-week intensive course, covering both language and exam skills, and can receive online guidance from experienced teachers. After five years of operation, the number of registered participants reached over 100,000. These courses, provided free of charge, are managed by dedicated professional and technical staff.
Candidates with special needs
The Euroexam Centre is aware of its obligations to candidates with special needs. Those with dyslexia or dysgraphia have specially-designed question and answer papers. Visually-impaired candidates may have the examination dictated to them and are allowed to use computers with a Braille keyboard. Invigilators are specifically trained to work with these candidates. Approximately 250 candidates with special needs sit the Euroexams each year.
The Euroexam Centre was established in September 2000 within International House. Its remit was to develop a standard examination system for the IH World Organisation, to develop public state-accredited language examinations in Central Europe, and to offer testing services to schools internationally. In November 2004, the Euroexam Centre became a wholly independent entity (Euro Examinations Ltd), working in professional partnership with International House. Euroexam’s administrative centre, which is also responsible for test development and teacher training, is currently based in Budapest, Hungary. Educational and marketing support for the 85-strong network of local testing centres across Europe and beyond is co-ordinated by Euroexam International, based in London, UK.