Hong Kong (March 20, 2012) – Educational Testing Service’s (“ETS”) Preferred Associate, Smart Education, announced that Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (“HKEAA”) has been appointed as the official test center for TOEIC® Speaking & Writing Internet-Based Tests (“TOEIC S&W iBT”) in Hong Kong. HKEAA will be responsible for providing test venue, computer facilities and test personnel to administer the TOEIC® Speaking & Writing iBTs exclusively in Hong Kong. Two rounds of TOEIC® Speaking & Writing Tests were administered successfully at HKEAA San Po Kong Test Center on March 11, 2012.
The TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests are designed and developed by ETS of the United States. The TOEIC® tests assess language skills that are used in daily life and the workplace. Test takers speak and write in English and give their responses to real-world questions and scenarios. The tests use common everyday vocabulary, phrases and key expressions. The TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests are valid assessments of English-language speaking and writing skills for business. In today’s global workplace:
- Speaking skills are important for effective presentations, face-to-face communication, meetings, videoconferencing, teleconferencing and telephone conversations.
- Writing skills are necessary for clear, persuasive email and other types of business correspondence.
About the TOEIC® Test
For more than 30 years the TOEIC® test (“Test of English for International Communication”) has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC tests, including the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test and the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests are used by more than 10,000 businesses, organizations and government agencies in 120 countries. In 2010, more than six million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, establishing the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For example, the U.K. Border Agency recently announced that persons from around the world wishing to work, study, or settle in the United Kingdom may use the TOEIC test to demonstrate their English proficiency for all visas under the United Kingdom points-based system.
Smart Education Co Ltd is the official TOEIC® representative in Hong Kong and Macao. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visit www.TOEIC.com.hk.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries worldwide. www.ets.org .