• The Four Communication Skills: How Are They Related?

    Posted by TOEIC4Success | Friday, 21 March 2014 - 4:50pm |

    Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are basic communication skills necessary for effective communication in any environment, particularly the workplace. In a recent study, researchers examined the relationships between these four skills through TOEIC® test scores and found some interesting results.

    As it turns out, these skills are not as closely related as you might think. In fact, the moderate correlations between the different scores were so limited that the researchers concluded it is “not sufficient for one skill to serve as a valid surrogate for another skill” (Liu, Costanzo, 2013). In other words,...

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  • China Cuts English Language Testing

    Posted by TOEIC4Success | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 3:37pm |

    Controversial education reforms in China seek to reduce the emphasis on English in college entrance exams, according to the South China Morning Post.  In 2016, Beijing authorities will reduce the English assessments worth 150 points to 100 points.

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  • Newly Released TOEIC® Test Study Gives Insight into Test Takers’ Backgrounds

    Posted by TOEIC4Success | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 - 2:38pm |

    Did you know that majority of the employed people who take the TOEIC® Listening and Reading tests are in the manufacturing and service sectors?

    This fact is one of the many findings just recently published by ETS in The 2012 TOEIC® Listening & Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide. This comprehensive report explores test takers’ backgrounds, employment status, academic backgrounds, English language study, test taking experience and much more. Readers can see that the typical TOEIC Listening &...

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  • Opportunity for U.S. French Language Programs

    Posted by TOEIC4Success | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - 10:22am |

    ETS is offering an exciting opportunity for French language schools in the United States. The Test de Français International™ (TFI) test is being offered free for a limited time this fall. The TFI test is the global standard for measuring workplace French skills.

    French teachers can use the TFI to:

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  • Is English Still the Language of the Internet?

    Posted by TOEIC4Success | Tuesday, 30 July 2013 - 10:03am |

     English is no longer the language of the internet, or so Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, argues. In an article on Quartz, Zuckerman makes the case that English is losing ground as the sole vehicle of communication on cyber space. One researcher he cites, from the Dominica-based NGO the Foundation for Networks and Development, believes that English now represents less than 40 percent of online content, compared to an 80 percent estimate...