ETS to start written, spoken English tests


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The U.S.-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) will begin from January 2008 to prepare English skill tests in speaking and writing for enterprises in Taiwan, in a drive to improve English skills, the Taiwan representative of the ETS Taiwan branch said yesterday.

Wang Hsing-wei held a press conference in Taipei to announce the new tests, which are part of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) targeting working people, alongside tests in listening and reading.

Wang said more and more local people need to speak or write in English at work, so the ETS developed the tests to meet enterprises’ need for employees with English fluency, Wang noted.

The new TOEIC tests will be available for group applicants from January and for individual applicants from August, with the examinees required to take the tests on a computer, according to the ETC office.