Webinar: Language Assessment at Brigham Young University

Language Assessment at Brigham Young University

Date:  Friday, March 28, 2014

Presenter(s):  Russell Hansen & Harold H. Hendricks

Language assessment has a long history at Brigham Young University where large numbers of students require language assessment at many levels. This webinar will describe how BYU has created facilities, procedures and assessments to address these needs for both students and faculty. We will briefly describe how placement and diagnostic testing is provided online, then describe the evolution of the College of Humanities Testing Center, its function, procedures, and operation. We will also describe how large numbers of OPI and OPIc tests are administered daily and report on the migration of the Foreign Language Achievement Testing service to an online system available to the world.


Russell Hansen is the director of the multimedia testing lab that provides computer-based testing for the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University, a position he has held for fourteen years. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Harold H. Hendricks is the supervisor of the Humanities Learning Resources and has overseen the development of online language diagnostic tests as well as CALL software for over 35 years. He is currently serving as president of IALLT.