April 15, 2010 06:00 ET

Vietnam Adopts the TOEIC® Test to Set an English-Language Proficiency Standard for Vocational Students

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) -  Educational Testing Service (ETS) and its ETS Preferred Network office, IIG Vietnam, in collaboration with the Vietnam Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), announces the use of the TOEIC® test within Vietnam's vocational training system. Starting in 2010, the TOEIC test will be used to measure students' English proficiency to guide placement decisions. Over the next two years, vocational schools and colleges will also begin administering the TOEIC test as an exit requirement for graduation.

"English-language education has long been an integral part of the vocational curriculum in Vietnam," said Doan Hong Nam, President of IIG Vietnam. "We are excited about this partnership with MOLISA as it will enable Vietnam's vocational system to measure and reward success while establishing a standard of English-language education."

In a recent circular issued by MOLISA, the ministry regards this agreement as an important step in standardization of English-language proficiency among Vietnam's vocational students. The TOEIC test will be used to measure a student's proficiency level so that they can be placed in the appropriate English course. The ministry will also use the TOEIC test as an exit requirement for graduates; a score of 250 required for graduates of vocational schools, and 350 for graduates of vocational colleges.

"IIG has been a great partner for ETS and the TOEIC program, working diligently in Vietnam to increase opportunities for students and employees through English-language education," said David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ETS. "We look forward to the continued success of Vietnam's vocational system and its many students."

Each year, Vietnam's vocational schools and colleges generate nearly 350,000 graduates. IIG estimates that by 2012, the TOEIC test will be administered to 60 percent of these graduates, creating broader opportunities for employment.

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