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November 08, 2006

Test-Takers Forced to Come to Japan

Future takers of the TOEFL or the GRE in Japan may be surprised to know that they will be competing for seats with test takers from nearby countries. Many South Koreans, facing the same upcoming deadlines for submitting applications to undergraduate and graduate schools abroad, are being forced to travel to Japan in order to sit for the popular tests. With academic deadlines around the corner, people from all over the world are rushing to get a competitive score under their belt.

ETS, Educational Testing Service, the company that administers both exams, has recently cut back the availability of seats for either test in South Korea. As a result, the GRE is only offered twice annually, and TOEFL sessions have literally been booked out through the end of the year. The TOEFL is designed to measure a test takers ability to handle an English language academic environment. The GRE exam is for test-takers who wish to pursue graduate education, excluding business, law and medical school. South Korea has become the world's largest market for the TOEFL exam.

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