Maybe you saw test staff sitting in the room, or maybe you did a speaking test with a teacher?
Did you know that those teachers are TESTED themselves?
To make sure that all students are treated equally and that test results all over the world use the same standards, the teachers doing the testing are carefully selected and trained.
Recently I was introduced to the STEP/IELTS company as a possible tester for the IELTS Speaking test.
IELTS is an English test taken (mainly) by people who want to go to university in the UK. Sometimes new students come to Imagine for lessons in the Writing and Speaking sections.
But now I am filling out the application form to join the training program for an IELTS tester. Maybe I won't be accepted, maybe I'll just continue teaching it at Imagine. But it would be interesting.
Apparently, next year there will be FIVE IELTS tests in Sapporo, this is increasing because more and more American universities are accepting IELTS test results and some students prefer the paper-based tests instead of doing a test on computer.
So....I will tested on whether I can be...a tester!
I feel nervous and I have to study hard!!!!