World Education Services is an organization that offers internationally recognized credential exams for immigrants and international students planning to study abroad or perform U.S. or Canadian residency in the United States and Canada. Established in 1974, it now has bases in both Toronto Canada and New York, U.S. It also conducts training seminars and conferences on world education issues.
It offers two different kinds of exams that can be taken by those wishing to pursue higher education: The International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) and the International Experience Qualification (IEQ.) Both these examinations are nationally recognized by the American Council on Global Education (ACE) and the Council for Higher Education. The I ESL test is conducted by the ESOL Company, formerly known as the European Society for Testing and Materials (ESTL.) The IEQ is performed by the Higher Education Training Organization (HEIT.) Both the tests are designed to measure potential candidate knowledge and skills in the English language, reading and writing, science and mathematics. In addition, they also measure potential job abilities and the acceptance to the United States of the immigrant.
Students from countries such as China, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan are commonly accepted for admission into American and Canadian universities. However, many immigrants who wish to pursue higher education in North America do not have access to programs in this country. As a result, they must turn to organizations offering the exams and training needed to enter the United States and Canada. While some employers offer tuition assistance to potential students, there is no certification required to participate in these programs.
The International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is offered by the ESOL Company. This exam is nationally recognized by the American Council on Global Education (ACE). Students in countries that are part of the ESOL agreement and the European Union can take the exam to demonstrate their understanding of English and their interest in pursuing higher education in North America. The examination has been available to students in North America for over 20 years.
In addition to the IELTS and TOEFL there are other international standardized tests that must be taken by students in order to enroll in college in North America. The Science and Math Identification Test (SAT or SKI) is administered by the American National Standards Association (ANSA) and measures mathematical performance in both reading and math. The International Mathematics Workbook (IMW) is a revision of the rubric used in the SIMSAT test. The International Communication Improvement Test (ICIT) is administered by the Computing Skills Contractor (CIS) in North America. These three exams are designed to help applicants better understand the concepts, policies, practices, and procedures of North American education systems.
The Department of Education offers a variety of other worldwide educational opportunities for those students who demonstrate an interest and aptitude for the English language and culture. These include participation in ESL courses, the TEFL or TESL program, and college courses in English as a Second Language (ESL). Some colleges also offer a foreign language program that allows students to live and study on a limited basis in another country for a limited period of time. There . . . . . . are also organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that provide information on educational standards around the world that must be met in order for a student to receive any type of global certification.