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Range Finding Panelist

Position summary
As a committee member, you will collaborate with two other committee members in Range Finding meetings. The objective of the meetings is to determine consensus scores for field trialed test items. The consensus scores are then used as anchor responses for training and calibrating a large pool of raters as well as for monitoring their rating consistency. Range Finding meetings for each item may consist of two phases lasting between 3-7 hours for the first phase and 1-3 hours for the second. Committee members may also be required to do 1-2 hours of preparation prior to the second phase meetings.
Requirements
A degree in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or closely related field, previous language assessment experience, availability during business hours, and knowledge of the CEFR are preferred. All meetings are held via Google Hangouts so a high speed, stable internet connection, high fidelity headphones, and a high quality microphone are requirements for this position.
Time
Most meetings are conducted during standard business hours in the Pacific Time Zone. Depending on committee member availability, some meetings may take place in the evening (e.g. 3 p.m. -- 8 p.m.). Meetings will be held up to five days per week. Applicants should be available for about 20 hours/week, though hours and times may vary.
Compensation
Hourly
Status
Independent Contractor

Test Rater

Position summary
As a rater, you will evaluate spoken and written responses according to rubrics and supporting materials. To qualify for this position, you must complete some self-guided training on the CEFR, specific test item types, and rubrics. You will then take 2 short assessments in which you will evaluate responses in accordance with the rubrics and supporting materials. If you pass the assessments, you will receive compensation for your training time and will be granted access to our online rating system.
Requirements
A degree in/degree in progress in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or closely related field, a computer, high fidelity headphones, access to Microsoft Word, and a stable, high speed internet connection are required for this position.
Time
The volume of responses available to rate fluctuates throughout the year. During some high priority periods, we need about 50,000 responses rated within two weeks. However, there are also some periods of downtime when there might not be responses available for a couple of weeks. From May through December, 2018, we anticipate a consistently high volume of responses to be available.
Compensation
Based on number of scripts rated
Status
Independent Contractor

Materials Creator & Transcriber

Position summary
As a materials creator and transcriber, you will transcribe and evaluate responses from test item field trials. You will be provided with the test item, rating guide, rubric, and test-taker responses. After transcribing spoken responses following in-house conventions, you will make notes of the salient features of each script with respect to the rating guide and rubric. You will then select 9--12 scripts which represent a wide range of ability levels and linguistic features. Other tasks include organizing, renaming of files, documenting exemplars, and ordering scripts.
Requirements
A degree in/degree in progress in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or closely related field, a computer, high fidelity headphones, a stable, high speed internet connection, and access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint are required for this position.
Time
TBD
Compensation
Piece rate
Status
Independent Contractor

Test Item Writer

Position summary
As a test-item writer, you will compose items for English language proficiency tests which conform to detailed specifications. You will be provided with extensive item development manuals to assist you in meeting the specifications. Applicants with strong writing skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of the CEFR are preferred. A writing sample may be requested upon application.
Requirements
A degree in/degree in progress in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or closely related field, a computer, a high speed internet connection, and access to Microsoft Word 2016 (or newer) are required for this position.
Time
TBD
Compensation
Compensation is at a piece rate per item depending on the item length and complexity of the specifications. Based on your ability to adhere to the item specifications, you can expect to draft and revise items multiple times based on feedback before the items are accepted for compensation. Your attention to detail and willingness to internalize the specifications will reduce the need for revisions.
Status
Independent Contractor

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