2013-10-09 17:04:44 - To help South Asians in the UK practice and improve their English language skills for personal development, ETS Global UK has launched a new user-friendly website for the TOEIC tests. The tests are also accepted by the UK Home Office for settlement and naturalisation applications from 28 Oct 2013 onwards.
ETS Global UK has launched a new user-friendly website www.toeictest.co.uk for the TOEIC® tests. This launch comes as a part of their awareness campaign designed to help South Asians in the UK practice and improve their English language skills for personal development, employment and a better quality of life.
At present, many immigrants already in the UK struggle with day-to-day communication in English, hindering further employment and education prospects. Back in 2008, the Government’s own research showed that the employment rate for ethnic minorities was far below the average, citing language barriers as one of the main factors.
The TOEIC tests’ questions measure the essential elements of the English language as used in the workplace and everyday situations. Many organisations in
the UK and worldwide are already using the test scores as a standard measure of proficiency in English. The TOEIC tests can help increase chances of employment allowing for a better standard of living – just one of the many reasons why foreign nationals should consider taking the TOEIC tests.
TOEIC test centres are available in many locations across the UK and worldwide. There are also easy-to-use learning resources available on the website to help test takers learn and improve everyday English and prepare for the TOEIC tests.
Lizeila Martijn, Product Specialist at ETS Global UK said, “We have just launched our new user-friendly website so that people can see how the TOEIC tests and practicing the English language has been made as easy as possible. We want to encourage more people to take the tests so that they can learn whilst building their confidence.”
The UK Home Office now accepts TOEIC tests for naturalisation and settlement purposes, in addition to visa and work permit applications. From 28th October 2013 onwards, the Home Office accreditation will allow migrants, and spouses or partners worldwide to submit their TOEIC test results as evidence of having taken a Home Office-approved English language test. The move is seen to encourage more people to learn and be comfortable in using the English language before applying for British citizenship or settlement in the UK.
Notes to the editors:
1. About the TOEIC Tests
For more than 30 years the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Programme, visit www.etsglobal.org/Global/Eng/Tests-Preparation/The-TOEIC-Tests
2. About ETS and ETS Global
ETS Global B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of ETS, is the international arm of ETS that brings ETS expertise to educational and business communities around the world. A nonprofit organisation, ETS advances quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research.
ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® General and Subject Tests and the Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations around the world.
ETS Global serves 80 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa offering a range of ETS products, services and learning solutions, including English-language assessments, standardized assessments, training and consulting. Visit www.ets.org or www.etsglobal.org for more information.