Would you love to work from home? How about applying for freelance work with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). I’m an online rater for ETS and score the spoken Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), as well as the written California Assessment of High School Exit Exams (CAHSEE). I have a California teaching credential and therefore qualify to score the CAHSEE, as well as a Masters in TESOL that qualifies me to score the TOEFL & TOEIC. There are many other k-12 and college entrance tests that you could score if you qualify.
While at the TESOL convention, I spoke to ETS regarding my desire to score the written TOEFL, something I haven’t done before. Plus, I love the job’s high level of professionalism on a daily basis: interrater reliability calibrations, reviewing benchmarks, utilizing a rubric, and instant feedback from a scoring leader. Moreover, I like the flexibility of telecommuting/working online. ETS allows you to pick your work schedule: a.m., p.m., week days, weekends, even holidays! One thing that I’ve learned is that you have to be flexible with your work schedule.
ETS handed me a flyer with a list of freelance work and internships! Their summer interns develop test materials for the TOEFL, TOEIC and/or K-12 assessments. View their internships online at http://www.ets.org; they have some in Princeton and Ewing, NJ and San Antonio, TX. Send questions to the ELL Summer Institute Coordinator, Jeanne Malloy at firstname.lastname@example.org. I noticed that there are other internships throughout the year. Remember that you’re never too old to intern and/or learn something new. Interns earn $25 an hour while online raters earn $15-18 an hour depending on the programs.
Freelance work includes writing for the TOEIC listening test; send your resume to Carol Gitzendanner at email@example.com. As well as, rating TOEFL and TOEIC tests from your home computer. Additionally, they’re looking for photographers at the professional and amateur level; send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. On their career page, you can also find full-time work. I don’t live any where near Princeton or Ewing, NJ nor San Antonio, TX; consequently, I telecommute to work as an online rater.
Best wishes in finding your new online job!
Sandra Annette Rogers