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February 10, 2005

Pursuing a Better TOEIC Score

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri included the sixth in its "In Pursuit of English" series, which focused on the use of the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) in third-level education. Of the 378 universities that gave the test to all students, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and Yamaguchi University were the two examples featured in the article. The test is increasingly being used by universities as more and more companies set minimum score requirements for new employees. The TOEIC is used in 60 countries worldwide, but for some reason the majority of examinees are in South Korea and Japan: out of a total of 3.4 million tests taken in fiscal 2003, 3 million were taken in those two countries alone, of which 1.42 million people sat for the test in Japan.
TOEIC classes now essential at universities

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