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July 23, 2004

TOEIC 730+ Needed For Most Public Teaching Posts

The vast majority of municipal governments are using TOEIC scores when evaluating prospective junior and senior high school English teachers. A survey carried out by the Tokyo-based Institute for International Business Communication (IIBC) found that 54 of the 60 prefectural and major city governments give favorable consideration to applicants who had reached cetain test scores. The education ministry guideline says that teachers should have a minimum TOEIC score of 730. Some regional governments, such as Nagoya city and Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, are even more demanding, requiring a score of 900 or more.

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