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January 26, 2011

Takeda Pharmaceutical mandates high TOEIC scores for new hires

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Takeda" Takeda, Japan's largest drugmaker, will introduce a requirement in 2013 that potential recruits will have to obtain 730 or more on the TOEIC. The stipulation will not apply to those applying for domestic sales and factory worker positions.

A score of 730 on the TOEIC is equivalent to a B1 on the CEFR scale, PET level or students who can independently use the language at an intermediate level. Only 10% of TOEIC test takers score this high according to ETS, creators of the test. The move is seen as another part of Takeda's move to go global. The company also holds board meetings in English.

Reported by: Russell Willis

See Also:
Japanese companies planning to make English their official language
TOEIC Can-Do Statements (PDF Download)
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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The article suggests that CEFR B1 level is the same as Cambridge FCE level. In fact, B1 level is the same as Cambridge PET.

Thanks for spotting that. The text has been amended to reflect that a B1 on the CEFR more accurately equates to PET in the suite of Cambridge ESOL exams.

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