No NEAT fever yet
By Na Jeong-ju
Can the National English Ability Test (NEAT), a state-administered proficiency test, be an alternative to popular but expensive exams like TOEIC and TOEFL?
The Internet-based exam that focuses on evaluating speaking and writing skills has been much touted as being tailored for Koreans, who spend an astronomical amount of money on English education but have difficulty in communicating with native speakers.
It has two goals _ reducing Koreans’ dependence on foreign ...
‘It’s too early to rely on NEAT’
By Na Jeong-ju
The National English Ability Test (NEAT), a state-administered proficiency exam implemented in June to enhance practical conversation skills among Koreans, is becoming a new trend in English education here.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will decide on whether to replace the English language section of the annual college entrance exam with NEAT this year. Some universities have said that they will use NEAT scores as a key criterion when selecting new ...
How far can English education go?
YBM President Min Sun-shik / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
By Kim Da-ye
For decades, Koreans’ zeal for learning English has been incomparable. Parents spend more than 20 trillion won ($18 billion) each year on private education for primary and secondary school students and about a third goes to English language education, government statistics show. The amount does not include money spent on toddlers, college students and adults.
Businesses hoping to gain from the vast ...
McGraw Hill is all set to release the book stock of the new ETS TOEFL Official Guide 4th Edition. Already placed on Flipkart.com, one of India's largest online book portals on a pre-order basis, the book will be widely available in stores as well as online in the first week of October. Students will be able to grab their copy from 150+ Indian online portals.
For more than four decades, TOEFL has been regarded as the world's most highly accepted English-language assessment. TOEFL Scores are ...
Complaints from people who took the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) have been mounting after the administrators delayed the announcement of results without giving a reason.
The ETS (Educational Testing Service) said Sept. 4 that the results of the Aug. 19 test will be given on Sept. 7, having missed the initial date of Aug. 29.
On Aug. 29, ETS posted a notice on its website and sent emails to test-takers, saying, “The results of TOEFL IBT conducted on Aug. 19 ...
ETS hit for delayed score reporting
TOEFL administer fails to provide clear explanation
By Kim Bo-eun
Complaints from TOEFL test-takers are flooding in because of a delay in scores issued by the U.S.-based institution that administers the test.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) posted on its website Aug. 29 that the results of the TOEFL taken on Aug. 19 would not be announced as scheduled and that the scores would be available instead by Sep. 7. It also sent e-mails informing the test-takers about the ...
By Kim Bo-eun
Reading was the basis for acquiring English language skills, said Park Seul-gi, selected as an ETS scholarship student last month.
“Because I enjoy reading, I tried to utilize it to learn English,” said Park, a senior at Sungkyunkwan University. “Reading not only helped me develop my comprehension skills but also aided the improvement of my writing and speaking.”
The years she spent in the United States during high school definitely helped her, but success did not ...
Fourth Annual ETS Scholarship Program Recognizes Korean Students — TOEFL® and TOEIC® Scholarships Valued at US$144,000 Awarded
Seoul, Korea (July 18, 2012) —
Yesterday, 48 Korean students were awarded TOEFL® and TOEIC® scholarships at the fourth annual ETS Scholarship Program in Seoul, Korea. Valued at approximately US $144,000, the scholarships recognized the academic excellence of Korean students and will assist them in achieving their educational and career goals in Korea or overseas.
"After four years, we are pleased to continue the ETS Scholarship Program here in Seoul," commented Chuck Melley, ETS's ...
Inaugural Meeting of the GRE® Asia Advisory Council Focuses on Trends in Graduate and Business Education in Asia
Princeton, N.J. (June 18, 2012) —
Prominent higher education leaders representing universities and organizations from 10 countries across Asia met with officials from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and representatives from the GRE® Board for the inaugural meeting of the GRE® Asia Advisory Council (AAC). The gathering was hosted in mid-May by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Seoul, Korea. The newly formed council is advising the GRE Board on ...
First-to-market tool offers international recruiting data
Princeton, N.J. (May 22, 2012) —ETS, the creator of the TOEFL® test, and Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions for colleges and universities, will showcase the anticipated TOEFL® Search Service, an online tool connecting higher education institutions with prospective international students from around the world. A sneak preview of the new searchable database will be revealed at the NAFSA ...