Are you a bit intimidated by the idea of giving a secure, Web-based test at your institution? Before I knew the process, certainly it sounded rather scary to me.
In fact, however, delivering TOEIC Speaking & Writing tests is no more difficult than setting up a Skype or iTunes account. That is to say, it’s easy.
All you generally need to do for the computers on which you’ll be testing is—
A simple database created a decade ago using TOEIC has become one driver for skyrocketing foreign direct investment in Chile. Such investment quadrupled to around $15 billion in the seven years between 2003 and 2010 and reached over $28 billion in 2012.
In creating this database, the National Register of English Speakers, the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO) was acting on the realization that lack of information on English language proficiency of job candidates was affecting Chile’s growth. Some companies had stated that the...
Validity, to give a short and non-technical definition, means “the extent to which a test measures exactly what the test maker intends it to measure, nothing more, nothing less.” (definition courtesy of Donald E. Powers, ETS).
Why is understanding a test's validity important? It's simple--not knowing how valid a test is means you don't know to what extent results are meaningful and actually provide the information you need.
How can you determine how valid a test is? As a test user, you can simply ask the testing company for...
SoftBank, recently in the news for its acquisition of the third largest U.S. telecommunications company, Sprint Nextel, has now made another investment—this time in its employees.
Beginning this year and continuing through 2015, those scoring 900 out of possible 990 points on the TOEIC Listening & Reading test will earn a bonus of 1 million yen ($11,269).
Employees scoring between 800 and 899 will receive a smaller bonus of 300,000 yen (about $3,380).
I recently got back from a training session at Educational Testing Service that took me deep into the workings of TOEIC and other common standardized workplace English tests. A lot of interesting material was covered, and TOEIC representatives from around the world had great opportunities to share their experiences and “war stories.”