Common Entrance Online Speaking Tests 2014

The number of recordings of speaking tests submitted online through the Schoolshape system has increased dramatically from 165 in May 2009 to 2504 in May 2014.

Statistics for 2014


In May 2014, 2504 recordings were sent from 88 prep schools to 138 senior schools - a total of 256 hours of audio. Average length of recordings was 6 mins 8 seconds, with the longest recording 12 mins 55 seconds.

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New login screen

The new login screen forms is fundamental our current developments which will allow Schoolshape to run on tablets and smartphones.

The aim is to provide

  1. a faster, seamless login process, whilst retaining full security for teachers and students
  2. an technologically up-to-date interface, eventually allowing access from any computer or hand-held device.
  3. a future-proof system for allowing secure, structured interaction between language laboratory/exchange partners worldwide.

Schoolshape Login Screen

You can still log in with your school name, your name and password. This works as before, except faster!

Email Login

If your email has been entered into the Schoolshape system, you can now use it to log in.  To add your email address to your account, click Admin->My Settings ->‘Login Accounts

Social Network Login

Students and teachers can now log in using their Google Apps For Education, Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook accounts. The advantage to this is that users do not need to remember their Schoolshape password.  If your school network disallows external social networking, this login method will not function.  To link a social network account, click &;Admin&;->&;My Settings&;->‘Login Accounts’.

Those running a custom language lab will still be using the old login screen by default, but can access the new one at <your domain>/authenticate.

The 12% of you using Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 will also still see the old login screen, but we encourage you to upgrade to Internet Explorer 10 or 11 as soon as you can, both for your own security and because we will be dropping support for these old browsers in the new year.

Please let us know if you would like to have additional methods of logging in, for example using your Moodle or Edmodo accounts.

Google, Twitter, Facebook and Email account integration

Are you or your students fed up with having to remember different passwords for each site you use?  If so, we have some good news for you.  You can now forget about your Schoolshape password and log in using your Google, Twitter or Facebook accounts.  It&;s also now possible for students to link their email accounts so they can recover their passwords when they are lost.

To link up your accounts, click &;Login accounts&; from the settings page, and click one of the icons by &;Add&;.  You can then log in using this account at:  This will become the default login page in the near future.

If your students are frequently asking you to reset their passwords for them, you can tell them to link an account so they can recover their own passwords in future.

Student self-registration

You no longer have to create student accounts on their behalf.  You can tell new students to visit, from where they can create their own accounts, and hand in work to you via email, Twitter and more.

Support dropped for IE 6 and 7


Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 were released in 2002 and 2006 respectively, and have now been outmoded by more recent browsers.

As part of our work to support new devices such as mobile phones and tablets, we have dropped support for these browsers in our language lab software, and are aiming to drop support for versions 8 and 9 early in 2014.  Users of out-of-date browsers will be prompted to update when they log into Schoolshape.  We recommend the following browser versions for desktop users and are committed to supporting them for the next three years:

Chrome 22+
Safari 6+
Internet Explorer 10+
Firefox 12+