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More About a Domestic English Test replacing the TOEFL

November 5, 2009

Another great write up from the popular blogger, Brian in Jeollanam-Do

I don’t have the book in front of me now, but in Michael Breen’s The Koreans he has a line about how newspapers will routinely print intentions and goals as facts. Such is the case with “Korea to Replace TOEFL With State Tests” atop the Korea Times page today.

Korea is pushing for a state-developed, standardized English test that will replace English proficiency tests in the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) and TOEFL and TOEIC by 2012.

“The new exam surpasses other similar exams in its credibility because of the fact that it is supported and approved by the state,” said Minister of Education, Science and Technology Ahn Byong-man during an exclusive interview with The Korea Times last Tuesday.

“Once it is made available, I am sure that it is just a matter of time before all schools start to use it,” Ahn said.

I first commented on this news in December, 2008, saying that if your country spends more than any other on standardized English tests but ranks among the worst in the world, clearly the thing to do is make a new test.

Click Here for the Full Story (Source: Brian in Jeollanam-Do)


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