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Local businesses require less English than in Korea

TAIPEI--An education service said yesterday that Taiwanese businesses expect an average of 550 points on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) exam from their new employees, much lower than the standard required by their South Korean counterparts.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS), an educational testing organization that conducts English proficiency tests, said that according to the results of its survey, only 27.9 percent of the 1,000 largest businesses in Taiwan ask to see a TOEIC score when they recruit new employees.

The average score expected by these businesses is 550, ETS said.

In South Korea, nearly 100 percent of the 1,000 largest companies demand an average TOEIC score of 700 from their new employees, while in Japan, 83.4 percent of the companies demand a TOEIC score of 550 on average, it said.

Taiwanese university students score an average of 542 points in TOEIC exams, higher than the 510 points scored by their Japanese counterparts but lower than South Korean students' 626 points, according to ETS.

1 Comment
October 4, 2012    curtisakbar@
One of the biggest problems in Taiwan isn't a lack of English per se but a lack of opportunity and eagerness to embrace the language. My stupid cable company BBTV has just stopped the bilingual function on a lot of its channels for example. If you learn a language and don't use it, you will forget it. I did know French quite fluently but now can't speak a word coz I didn't use it for 10yrs.
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