|A certificate obtained by a student on the EngWish.com English course can be published and shared using its own, unique link. The certificate shown via this method of certificate sharing and validation is generated in real-time on the EngWish.com server, of which the student has no control, and, therefore, serves as a more indisputable form of evidence than a standard paper-based certificate, which is susceptible to fraudulent modification.
Due to the general nature of online studying, falsification of even online certificates is not impossible, for example, by one more-able person studying on behalf of another, less-able person. However, to reassure individuals, such as university bodies or employers, that wish to check a student's certification at EngWish.com and its validity, the following information may be of interest. Alternatively, students may wish to provide a printed translation of this information for those who require it.
Types of certification
Two primary types of certification are possible: course certification and level certification. Course certification involves the student completing course lessons and exams and being certified on the basis of general course completion. Level certification involves the student completing one or more exams and being assessed on the basis of an exam performance only. In addition, speaking level can be optionally assessed and displayed on students' certificates when the student participates in SPEAK!.
Any assessment of a student's English level is made by a qualified, university-graduated and TEFL-experienced mother-tongue teacher who is native to England, the United States of America, Canada or Australia. The name and photograph of the assessor is displayed clearly on each student certificate and full university references of teachers, including university contact telephone numbers, references, physical addresses and other credentials can be provided upon request.
The course duration
The completion of the English course at EngWish.com requires continuous study for a minimum of approximately eight months, providing that the student meets homework and exam deadlines which reoccur as frequently as every two days or more, which, if not met, will result in a more prolonged study period. The percentage of the course completed by the student is displayed on a student's certificate and should be seen as a clear indicator to determine the level of commitment, and, in turn, authenticity of the student in question's English.
The course grading
Students are level-assessed based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) on an ongoing basis from the moment of enrolment until the time of course completion. Assessment involves the student participating in over ten written exams which are taken periodically throughout the course duration and which contribute to the final decided student level.
In addition to a level assessment, also displayed on a student's certificate is a student's average grade, i.e. score. This score is calculated based on the overall performance in all coursework tasks, namely lessons and exams, which involves the completion of written examinations and written homework based on set instructions. Speaking scores are also displayed on certificates when a student optionally participates in online speaking assessment, available in SPEAK!.
Scoring is summarised as follows:
Areas of assessment
Assessment under the EngWish methodology and its course focuses primarily on writing, reading, listening and grammar application skills that are assessed using the online learning platform, which is reflected in the grade seen on a student's certificate. A student's speaking may also be assessed under the newly developed SPEAK! service. Speaking assessment can also be viewed on a student's certificate as an indepent assessment, if it is taken by the student.
A student has the option to validate his or her certificate and change its status from unverified to verified:
Verification is made possible when a student completes a monetary payment to purchase a service at EngWish.com, such as VIP membership or the audio course, whereby the credit or debit card used contains the same name or family name that is shown on the certificate and belongs to the same country as that which is associated with the student's EngWish.com account. When a certificate is verified, additional checks are made by a professor to monitor a student's coursework consistency throughout the course and further, unrevealed account checks are also performed by EngWish.com to confirm that the student is definitely authentic.
Concluding - the unlikelihood of certificate fraud
The following facts should be regarded when considering the possibility of student deception and the potential falsification of a 100% complete, verified student certificate obtained by an individual participating in the course at EngWish.com:
• A digital certificate (link) cannot be modified by a student.
• The accreddited assessor evaluated the student's English level on multiple occasions over an extensive period.
• The accreddited assessor monitored and compared regularly the student's use of language and style of sentence structure in depth to ensure conistency.
• The certified student spent a prolonged period of time dedicated to studying online at regular intervals.
• The certified student's name was not modified from the date of enrolment.
• The certified student's name and country of residence were confirmed in addition to other, extensive checks.
Considering these facts, the likelihood of the certified student finding another person who is prepared to or physically able to dedicate his or her life to studying consistenly for at least eight months at regular intervals on behalf of him or her for the simple gain of a language certificate is extremely unrealistic - especially when the student in question is also able to speak English in person to a near-similar level to that displayed on a certificate - and, therefore, logic and moral rationale should take precedence and prevail when considering any possible lack of certificate authenticity.