October 04, 2011 08:00 ET

ETS's EXADEP™ Test Used to Select Winners of Ecuador's 2011 SENESCYT Scholarship Program

Winners to Receive Scholarships Toward Postgraduate Studies Abroad

HATO REY, PUERTO RICO--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - Each year thousands of candidates apply for the SENESCYT Scholarship, awarded by the National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovations of Ecuador for postgraduate studies abroad. This year SENESCYT chose the Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado™ (EXADEP™), created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), as the assessment tool to help select those candidates with the skills essential for success in graduate studies.

"We congratulate ETS and ETS Preferred Associate in Ecuador, Corporación IPLAED, for how the logistics of the EXADEP test administration were handled. By integrating the EXADEP test we were able to strengthen our selection criteria, creating a transparent process that has led to historic results for the 2011 program," said Dr. Sebastián Sacoto Arias, National Director of Scholarships and Knowledge of SENESCYT.

With more than 7,000 applications for this year's scholarship program, the SENESCYT wanted an assessment that could help identify the best candidates from a diverse group of applicants from across the country. Candidates were selected based on three criteria: an EXADEP score, a written essay and academic references.

"ETS and IPLAED are pleased to support SENESCYT by providing the EXADEP test for this scholarship program designed to strengthen talent in Ecuador and drive innovation and growth," said David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Higher Education Division. "We look forward to continuing to provide the EXADEP test to government organizations and institutions interested in identifying those highly skilled candidates that will be tomorrow's leaders."

The EXADEP test measures verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning skills, which are important for success in graduate school. Administered in a paper-and-pencil format, the test contains four sections in Spanish and one section in English. Graduate schools and scholarship programs in Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and the U.S. mainland use EXADEP scores to supplement undergraduate records (including grades), provide a uniform measure for comparing applicants, make recommendations and screen applicants for scholarship programs.

"The Ecuadorian government, through SENESCYT's officials, has congratulated ETS and IPLAED for their hard work on this initiative. SENESCYT's Scholarship Program is of great significance for the country as it is part of the Ecuadorian government's long-term strategy to develop higher education and graduate studies. To be able to offer the EXADEP test as a fundamental part of this effort is a great honor," said Angel Chaves J., Director of Corporación IPLAED in Ecuador.

For more information on the EXADEP test and how it is used, visit

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