ETS to Offer over 25,000 Additional TOEFL® iBT Seats in Mainland China

Contact: Tom Ewing
1-609-683-2899
tewing@ets.org

Princeton, N.J. (June 19, 2007) —This press release is also available in Korean (PDF).

ETS and China’s National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) announced today that NEEA will provide 25,000 additional seats for the TOEFL® iBT to students in China from July to December. The added capacity is one of several actions being taken to meet increased demand for the world-leading English-language proficiency exam in China.

“ETS is committed to ensuring that everyone in China who wishes to take the test has an opportunity to do so,” says Paul A. Ramsey, Senior Vice President of ETS’s Global Division. “TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 6,000 colleges and universities in over 110 countries, and the number of TOEFL test takers in China has been growing steadily. We appreciate this high recognition for the TOEFL iBT from Chinese students and remain grateful for their support. We are also deeply grateful to NEEA for their quick response and continuous efforts to improve the delivery of the test.”

ETS and NEEA will offer 14 TOEFL iBT administrations with more than 25,000 test seats by the end of this year. The number of seats will be increased thanks to several actions, including expanding the seat capacity at existing test administrations, opening additional test administrations and gradually increasing the number of test centers.

Further improvements and technological solutions are also being implemented to monitor the TOEFL iBT registration website to ensure an open and fair test registration process.

The new test dates currently available for online registration are as follows:

Month July August September October November December
Date July 21 August 4
August 17 September 8
September 22 October 17
October 27 November 3
November 11
November 24 December 1
December 8
December 10
December 15

For the most up-to-date information regarding test center locations, test dates and seat availability, please visit the NEEA iBT registration website http://toefl.etest.edu.cn or http://toefl.etest.net.cn, or contact the NEEA call center at 86-10-6279-8822.

ABOUT ETS AND ETS GLOBAL
ETS is a nonprofit organization with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. Founded in 1947, ETS designs, develops, delivers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

ETS Global, the international arm of ETS, has subsidiary offices around the world organized in four regional divisions: ETS APAC (Asia Pacific), ETS Canada, ETS EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and ETS Latin America. In serving individuals, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and membership organizations worldwide, ETS Global offers the same valid and reliable assessments, research and related services as its U.S.-based headquarters. It also provides customized solutions to meet the need for university admissions, student learning, teacher professional development and workforce products and services, and research-based teaching and learning tools. For more information, visit the ETS Global website at www.ets.org/etsglobal.

About TOEFL® iBT
The TOEFL® iBT sets a new standard for measuring communicative English skills by simulating actual academic situations. Backed by 10 years of research, development and testing, the TOEFL iBT redefines the way English is learned and measured. It is the first large-scale, Internet-delivered, English-proficiency assessment to measure test takers' ability to integrate and use all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The new test also sets the standard for providing fair, unbiased and objective scoring, building on ETS's record and reputation as the world leader in all facets of educational assessment. More than 6,000 colleges and universities in 110 countries rely on TOEFL® test scores to measure the English-language skills of their students. Visit www.ets.org/toefl for more information.
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