SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

March 07, 2008 09:39 ET

TOEIC® Accepted in United Kingdom's New Immigration System

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - ETS confirmed today the decision by the Border and Immigration Agency of the United Kingdom's Home Office to recognize the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication™) test as part of its new immigration Points-Based System (PBS). The new Australian-style immigration system began in the United Kingdom February 29.

The system's main elements consolidate more than 80 work and study application routes into five tiers and awards points to reflect aptitude, experience, age and level of need in any given sector. The TOEIC test will be used to certify the English level of immigrants, specifically those seeking work, under the country's new policy.

Since 1979, the TOEIC test has been recognized for the highest levels of score reliability and fairness. Developed by ETS, the same company that developed the TOEFL® test (Test of English as a Foreign Language™) for students, the TOEIC test has set a worldwide standard for workplace English-language proficiency testing. Over 5,000 corporations in more than 60 countries use the TOEIC test, and nearly 5 million TOEIC tests were administered last year.

"The TOEIC test will aid the Border & Immigration Agency in successfully implementing the new Points-Based System," says Ian Lucas, Executive Director for ETS Global BV in the UK. "We are delighted the TOEIC test has been recognized as an important certification in this new system."

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's Global Division and its related subsidiaries have offices around the world to meet the needs of non-US based entities in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In serving individuals, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and membership organizations worldwide, ETS offers valid and reliable assessments, research and related services such as customized solutions workforce products and services, and research-based teaching and learning tools.

For more information, visit the ETS Global website at www.ets.org/etsglobal.

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