LINGUIST List 23.1029

Wed Feb 29 2012

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing: Senior Test Developer, Pearson

Editor for this issue: Christy Bird <>

Date: 29-Feb-2012
From: Rhonda Warren <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing; Educational Measurement: Senior Test Developer, Pearson, CA, USA
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University or Organization: Pearson Job Location: California, USA Web Address:
Job Rank: Senior Test Developer

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Testing; Educational Measurement

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            Spanish (spa)

Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their livesthrough learning. We champion innovation and we invest in models foreducation that deliver on our promise for effective, accessible, andpersonal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness toprofessional education, through data informed instruction and inventiveapplications for mobile and digital learning.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global-reach andmarket leading businesses in education, business, and consumerpublishing and is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges(UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and amember of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women,veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Pearson's Knowledge Technologies (KT) group provides products andservices based on proprietary and patented machine-learning technologyfor language understanding.

Summary:The Test Development group is responsible for designing reliable andvalid language tests based on theories of linguistics and psychology, andinformed by an understanding of automatic speech recognition. TestDevelopers are required to manage the development of new assessmentproducts at various stages of their construction, from designing tasks anditem specifications through to data collection, validation, documentationand deployment.

Duties and Responsibilities:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform thefollowing essential functions:- Designing test tasks and writing test specifications- Creating test items- Coaching voice talent- Recruiting participants for data collection- Analyzing data and writing technical reports- Screening, training and managing groups of external consultants (itemwriters, reviewers, transcribers, raters)- Participating in technical customer support- Assisting customers with cut-score decisions based on their individualrequirements- Giving academic or technical presentations at meetings andconferences- Designing, carrying out and writing up validation experiments- Conducting original research for publication in the field of testdevelopment and validation

Test developers are responsible for the success of the projects theymanage, and as such are expected to: run projects according to scheduleand within budget; anticipate and correct problems or shortcomings;interact with our Engineering and Research & Development departments;manage large teams of external consultants (typically between 10 and 50consultants per project).

An MA or PhD in language testing, educational measurement, appliedlinguistics, or related field is required.

Qualifications:Preference given to candidates with the following experience:- Excellent verbal and written communication skills- The ability to manage projects independently and work well with othersat least five years of relevant work experience in linguistics, education, orassessment- A proven track record of research or publications

Additionally, the following qualifications are desirable:- Knowledge of programming such as SQL or Perl- Knowledge of statistics or psychometrics (e.g. Rasch, IRT)- Fluency in more than one language

Application Deadline: 30-Mar-2012 (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Sr. HR Coordinator Rhonda Warren Email: Phone: 210-339-5025 Fax: 210-339-5046

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