Less than 10% pass advanced English test
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Fewer than 88 of 1,100 examinees passed last year's Advanced Level General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), the examination's supervisor said yesterday.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Around 1,000 people take the Advanced GEPT every year, Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC) executive director Liao Hsien-hao (廖咸浩) said yesterday. The advanced-level test — the second hardest in the five-level GEPT system — includes sections on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The Advanced GEPT is similar in difficulty to the C1 Effective Operational Proficiency of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), Liao said, adding that people who are able to clear the level are mostly those majoring in English or having studied abroad.
A substantial number of successful test-takers last year were young students, indicating a rising trend of ambitious youngster trying to master English, Liao said.
Among them was a 15-year-old junior high student who has not lived or studied abroad. The student's father told reporters that his son learns English through magazines and books such as National Geographic Magazine.