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September 30, 2003

GTEC New Kid On Block

To the already long list of tests that includes TOEIC, TOEFL, Eiken and more, you can now add GTEC. The online Global Test of English Communication has been developed by Benesse Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary Berlitz International, and tests all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The test takes about 80 minutes and has a maximum score of 1,000. The computerized test is also customized to deliver questions based on the user's previous answers. The questions are divided between listening (30), reading (30), writing (3) and speaking (4), and focus on real world topics such as English e-mail and business presentations. Listening and reading scores are provided immediately, while writing and speaking scores are put online after about two weeks.

For individual users, the test is available at ¥9,500. It will go on sale at ¥7,500 for corporate users next year. It requires a Windows 98 or later OS and a headset. Benesse plan to start selling the test worldwide from next year, and have a sales target of 100,000 copies in Japan by 2006.
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