SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

November 29, 2007 11:25 ET

G2nd Systems Group Named ETS Preferred Vendor

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - ETS and G2nd Systems announced that they have entered into an agreement for G2nd Systems to join ETS's Preferred Vendor Network (EPV). G2nd will provide its clients with the world's leading communicative English assessment in the international workplace, the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication™) test, and will have access to a range of select ETS products and partnership benefits.

The agreement comes at a time when millions of people throughout the world are currently learning English, workplaces are more global and culturally diverse than ever and nonnative English speakers outnumber native English speakers by more than three-to-one, an accelerating trend.

"We are pleased to join forces with G2nd Systems," says Paul A. Ramsey, Senior Vice President of ETS' Global Division. "Their expertise in providing workplace educational solutions is impressive and directly aligns with our focus in measuring and evaluating English usage in the global workplace context. We're delighted that G2nd Systems will provide TOEIC product and service solutions, and ETS welcomes G2nd to our growing worldwide network."

"G2nd Systems defines the way people use non-culture-specific English in workplace environments as intercultural English, which is not the same as any national version of English that naturally includes cultural presumptions, idioms and local ways of communicating ideas," explains Lorelei Carobolante, CEO of G2nd Systems. "TOEIC test scores indicate how well people can communicate in English with others in today's globally diverse workplace. G2nd Systems recognizes that measuring proficiency in English speaking and writing capabilities allows business professionals, teams and organizations to implement focused language strategies that will improve organizational effectiveness, customer satisfaction and employee productivity."

"We are honored to be associated with ETS as a Preferred Vendor," says Carobolante. "Implementing intercultural workplace education is our passion: we provide value to our customers by helping organizations achieve their vision in a global economy that demands results-oriented collaboration and innovation to achieve growth. Joining the ETS Global team and using the TOEIC tests allows us to measure effective communication and performance improvement across globally deployed teams -- helping us to leverage the benefits of diversity and inclusion through educational processes that foster successful global collaborative business environments."

In conjunction with the TOEIC test, G2nd Systems will offer a broad range of company-onsite and public courses, test preparation and workshops. By providing the TOEIC test, consistent measurement on candidates' proficiency, and improvement in all four English-language skills, companies and decision makers can make a better assessment in hiring, placement and promotion.

For more information, visit www.toeic.org, www.ets.org/etsglobal or www.G2nd.com.

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