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July 22, 2004

New English Test Launched in Korea

Herald Media Inc. and On-Korea.com this week signed an agreement to jointly promote a new proficiency test of English. According to the Korea Herald web site, TOSEL (Test of the Skills in the English Language) "incorporates logical thinking into general English-language skills to reflect the Korean education trend." The test targets elementary, middle and high school students and is divided into three skill levels, though the article says "the advanced level in particular, is designed to test the English ability of college students and business people."

"With the new test system, Korean students will be able to measure their English proficiency correctly and sharpen skills more effectively," said Hong Jung-wook, chairman and publisher of Herald Media, at a signing ceremony held Tuesday in Seoul. The test will be started in September and will be held monthly from 2006. On-Korea.com, described as "a leading online English education site", is in charge of handling test applications and management. The test is jointly developed and certified by the Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics, Korea University and Hanyoung Foreign Language High School.
TOSEL web site (Korean only)

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