Corresponding to the Macao SAR government policy objective, “Improving Macao through education” and “Strengthening Macao with talents”, gradual implementation of the Non-Tertiary Education in Macao is the highlight for the school year 2014/2015. The “Ten Year Plan for the Development of Non-Tertiary Education (2011-2020)” scheme is the first to receive the financial assistance from the School Development Plan. Aim to improve the overall language proficiency, Macao SAR government continues encouraging language proficiency assessment participation throughout the city. In addition to TOEFL, TOEIC is also included to be one of the selected assessments in the Language Certification Pilot Scheme by the Direcção Dos Serviços De Educação e Juventude for the school year 2014/2015.
The TOFEL & TOEIC – Language Certification Seminar was held on 9 January 2014, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Centro de Difusão de Línguas of the Direcção Dos Serviços De Educação e Juventude, sponsored by Smart Education Company Limited, the Official ETS TOEFL and TOEIC assessments Representative in Hong Kong and Macao. Mr Kevin Chan, the President and Mr Vincent Cheng, the Sales Director (Global Assessment Division) of Smart Education Company Limited were the seminar speakers.
The assessment that is right for you
TOEFL and TOEIC are a few of the most widely respected and accepted among all the English language proficiency assessments around the world. So, what is the difference between the two? And, which one is right for you? In short, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test in academic English, the contents of the test are mainly selected from textbooks of university. The target test-taker for the TOEFL is a candidate for higher education in an English-speaking country. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. In other words, professional vocabularies are always good to know but not required for the TOEIC assessment preparation.
Paying close attention to the TOEFL/ TOEIC score requirement of your target institute / organization / company is highly recommended because it varies by program/ department.
Bring the global standard in English-language assessment to your classroom
The TOEFL and TOEIC assessment not only offers colleges and universities a reliable assessment of English language skills for the admission selection process, but also is increasingly used by primary and secondary schools as an insight into the English language ability of the students under the global standard.
A minimum TOEIC score of 550, which is the average score of the current university students in Taiwan, is required for the senior high school English exit exam of the Affiliated High School of National ChengChi University as the preparation of the next step for the senior high school graduates.
Good Hope School uses the TOEFL score as a portion in the grading system and a global standard evaluation for the entire junior high level 3 and senior high level 5-6.
Pui Ching Middle School (Macao) students of primary level 5-6, junior high level 3 and senior level 6 participate in the TOEFL assessment series accordingly. The TOEFL score analysis report serves as the guideline of designing effective English programs for advancement.
TOEFL / TOEIC Information, Registration and Test Fee Financial Assistance
TOEFL series includes three different assessments, every test is designed for a particular use, age range and proficiency range in academic English; TOEIC provides a reliable measurement of all four English-language communication skills in everyday English. Interested schools are recommended to register for the students according to their English usage abilities and encourage students to make good use of the variety of TOEFL / TOEIC practice materials and resources for the assessment preparation. The deadline for the financial assistance proposal for the Language Certification Pilot Scheme of Macao application is the 21 February, 2014.
Please visit www.TOEIC.com.hk for more information on TOEFL / TOEIC.