Educational Testing Service (ETS), the promoter of the TOEFL
test, has decided to provide 25,000 additional places on the
Chinese mainland for people taking the internet version of its
test, TOEFL iBT.
The additional places will be available from July to December
this year, according to China's National Education Examinations
Authority (NEEA) on Tuesday, US-based ETS's partner on the Chinese
"We will offer 14 TOEFL iBT administrations by the end of this
year with the support of the Chinese side," said Paul A. Ramsey,
senior vice president of ETS' Global Division.
"We are working on several fronts, expanding seat capacity at
existing test centers and opening new test centers," he said.
The TOEFL iBT registration website is being monitored to ensure
an open, fair test registration process, Ramsey added.
Every year, about 75,000 people take the test on the Chinese
mainland, and the number is on the rise as more people seek
opportunities to study abroad.
ETS' major rival in the English-testing market in China is IELTS
which tested more than 140,000 candidates in 2006, a rise of nearly
40 percent on the previous year.
At present, more than 6,000 colleges and universities in 110
countries rely on TOEFL to measure the English-language skills of
ETS launched internet-based TOEFL test in China's mainland in
Most Chinese primary school students start learning English in
the second grade, at the age of eight. A total of 200 million
Chinese people are learning foreign languages, with English the
most popular choice.
(Xinhua News Agency June 22, 2007)