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February 18, 2005

Testing English by Phone

The Daily Yomiuri's series, "In Pursuit of English" continued yesterday. The latest article looked at the testing of English at Japanese companies, focusing on Osaka-based textile manufacturer Teijin Ltd. From next month, the company will make its executive trainees undergo an English test named Telephone Standard Speaking Test (T-SST). The test, which is administered by phone, was introduced by publisher ALC Press last September. Other telephone-based English tests include PhonePass from Thomson; Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) from Berlitz International; and STEP BULATS (Business Language Testing Service), which will be introduced by the Society Testing English Proficiency in April.
Companies set their own standards (link will expire)

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