Individuals worldwide seek employment through government agencies for the professional status it provides and the variety of jobs available. Those job seekers who wish to work for the government are being required to demonstrate English-language skills since these jobs rely heavily on language ability. Currently, many government entities around the world are using the TOEIC® test for training, placement and hiring decisions because of this critical need for English.
The Indonesia National Institute of Public Administration has signed a MOU with PT. International Test Center, ETS’s Country Master Distributor in Indonesia, to provide them with the TOEIC® test for staff advancement decisions. Additionally, PT. International has arranged for the TOEIC® test to be one of only three English-language assessments accepted by the Institute for ranking officers, who hold high civil service grade designations in their country. The volume of high ranking civil servants taking TOEIC® is growing due to its international status and acceptance, thereby continuing the rapid growth of TOEIC® worldwide.
In addition to Indonesia, TOEIC® is being used in Taiwan by the military and police force as an English proficiency measure. They require a TOEIC® test score of 550 for recruitment decisions. Also, depending on the scores, individuals can use TOEIC® for advancement opportunities as well.
Aside from Asia-Pacific countries, TOEIC® is widely used throughout Latin America as well. For example, in Costa Rica under the leadership of CCCN, TOEIC® EPA, TOEIC® is the most widely used of the English exams approved by the Civil Service for all government employees, including public school teachers. Annabelle Simpson, Director of Client Management for Latin America at ETS, has been invited to speak at the Costa Rican Civil Service 60th anniversary event on May 30 to talk about the importance of English for public employees.
Increasingly we see TOEIC® serving as an important tool for governments as they seek to identify civil servants who can participate more effectively in today’s’ global socio-economic environment.