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December 15, 2005

TOEIC Pilot This Month in Japan

ETS, the US-based nonprofit institution that developed the TOEIC test, announced this week that "hundreds of Korean, Japanese and French test takers will participate in a pilot test of the Speaking and Writing sections scheduled for this month." The pilot test follows a first round of field testing which took place last April. ETS plans to launch the official test with the new Speaking and Writing components first in Japan and Korea, in the fourth quarter of 2006. The TOEIC test has been undergoing several changes, with the introduction of "authentic reading and listening tasks," which will continue to be administered through the paper-and-pencil format, and moving speaking and writing components to an Internet-based assessment format.

“These changes will increase the value of the new TOEIC test to individuals seeking success in the international business arena and will help companies determine whether their employees have the English-communication skills needed to ensure that success,” explained Paul A. Ramsey, Senior Vice President of ETS Global. Other improvements to the TOEIC test include enhanced score reports that will provide performance feedback within a test section, and strengths and weaknesses in specific skill areas. Test preparation materials will also be created to help test takers prepare for the new exam.
ETS press release
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