ETS Technologies, Inc. to Provide E-Rater Automated Essay Scoring Services to Englishtown, Inc.

November 2, 2001

ETS Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service, is pleased to announce it will provide e-rater™ automated essay scoring services to Englishtown, Inc., an affiliate of EF Education headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Under the terms of the agreement, ETS Technologies’ automated essay scoring capabilities will be incorporated into Englishtown’s English language e-learning services.

ETS Technologies will integrate TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) essay topics into Englishtown’s self-study and Premium online English language learning service. From the topics offered, a student can write an essay in English and submit it for scoring. E-rater™, the ETS Technologies automated essay scoring technology, will evaluate the essay online and return a score and diagnostic results back to the student within seconds.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the premier provider of online English language instruction,” said Richard Swartz, President of ETS Technologies. “Working with Englishtown provides us an opportunity to make e-rater automated essay scoring technology accessible to learners on a truly global scale.”

“Englishtown students from around the world recognize the importance of getting fast, accurate, and detailed feedback on their writing,” said Christopher McCormick, Ph.D., Vice President of Operations and Director of the Englishtown School. “Students recognize and appreciate the value of working with proven TOEFL® essay topics, and ETS Technologies delivers this training opportunity to complement the teacher-led online English courses 24 hours a day.”

The e-rater, scoring engine was developed to replicate the scoring process of expert readers and provide a quick, reliable online score. E-rater is trained to evaluate an essay in terms of its syntactical variety, topic content, and organization of ideas. Proven highly effective and accurate, e-rater has provided one of the two scores for over a million examinee responses to essay questions administered as part of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT®). The agreement rate between e-rater and expert readers on GMAT essays consistently exceeds 98 percent.

About ETS Technologies, Inc.

ETS Technologies is a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, N.J., established in May 2000, to advance ETS’s many technological innovations in the field of assessment. Its goal is to identify, develop, and deploy innovative technologies in support of online learning and assessment applications. Recent service enhancements include diagnostic feedback on grammatical, structural, and mechanical errors in student’s essays, as well as a tool that allows instructors to attach comments to a student’s essay report. Through ongoing, scientifically-based research, ETS Technologies aims to expand and improve educational opportunities by harnessing proven technologies in the service of learning.

For more information, contact ETS Technologies on the web at, or call 609/734-1506.

About Educational Testing Service

Educational Testing Service is the world’s largest private educational testing company and measurement organization, and a leader in educational research. ETS develops and annually administers more than 11 million tests worldwide.

For more information, contact Educational Testing Service on the web at, or call 609/921-9000.

About Englishtown, Inc.

Englishtown, Inc. is the world’s largest online language school, providing a proven, cost-effective way to learn English anytime, anywhere. Unlike other online language schools, Englishtown integrates native English-speaking teachers into all courses to provide live, teacher-led classes and writing seminars 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Englishtown is an independent affiliate of EF Education, the world’s largest private English training organization. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and with offices in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, Englishtown has attracted over 1.5 million members from more than 150 countries worldwide.

Visit and to learn more about Englishtown’s online English language services.

About EF Education

EF Education is one of the world’s largest education companies and the worldwide leader in private English instruction. Founded in 1965, EF Education has helped over 3 million travelers and students learn a language and discover a new culture. With over 150 offices and schools in 45 countries worldwide, EF Education helps more people learn a language than any other organization in the world. Visit to learn more about EF Education’s language, travel, and cultural exchange programs.