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July 11, 2002

ETS To Design New Test For China

Educational Testing Service (ETS), the US company behind the TOEFL and GRE tests, have signed an agreement with a Chinese company to create a new business English test to be used throughout the country, the first of its kind. "Since China's WTO entry, competition for talent will intensify, and the Chinese government and enterprises will emphasize vocational training, particularly English language training," said Wu Yongke, director-general of the training department of the State Economic and Trade Commission (SETC), in a statement. With China's entry into the WTO and the 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing, demand for the test is expected to grow quickly. It is to include components for listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will be administered several times a year or on demand, and will be implemented in two stages: first it will be promoted and used in Chinese business circles, and later it will be used in economic management academies and training centers.

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