Language Testing Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




4646 40th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is seeking a Language Testing Specialist for the Test Development Unit within the Language Assessment Division. The Language Testing Specialist develops test items for English language assessments for K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate, review and write test materials and documents, including providing feedback to team members on test item development.
  • Review and revise items for accuracy and appropriateness.
  • Communicate and collaborate within and across teams throughout the test development process.
  • Adhere to quality control procedures for test items.
  • Prepare and maintain files and records (summary report, electronic notes, spreadsheets, etc.).
  • Write and revise test item specifications.
  • Assist with internal and external reviews.
  • Write and refine graphics descriptions to support student comprehension in test items.
  • Evaluate and track changes to graphics for content accuracy and grade-level appropriateness.
  • Coordinate item development tasks of external consultants to ensure timely delivery of test items.
  • Maintain test item database.
  • Organize and execute answer key checks.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field, with at least two (2) years of relevant experience; or
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field.
  • Experience working with K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs).
  • Experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Experience developing English as a Second Language (ESL) / English as a Foreign Language (EFL) tests for K-12 students.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organization, planning, and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail with strong oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of a language other than English preferred.
  • Knowledge of Adobe CS6 InDesign and Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work well within a team.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

IF INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO THIS POSITION: Please email résumé and a cover letter to and be sure to reference the position "18-05 Language Testing Specialist" in the subject line. Cover letter should be addressed to the attention of Justin Kelly, PhD - Test Development Manager.



Center for Applied Linguistics

4646 40th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20016-1859

ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 18-05 Language Testing Specialist



Attn: Recruitment 18-05 Language Testing Specialist