SOURCE: ETS

February 14, 2011 10:42 ET

TOEIC® Test Assesses English Language Skills of Volunteers at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Competition in Taipei

TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - In preparing for the Four Continents Figure Skating Competition (4CC) which begins tomorrow, the Chinese Taipei Skating Union and Taipei Sports Office selected the TOEIC® test to identify the skill level of this year's event volunteers. 

"We chose the TOEIC test to be the language requirement because it is an international standard in the global workforce," said Rick Y.H. Lee, the chief secretary of the Chinese Taipei Skating Union. "It helped us select the best candidates to contribute to the success of this international event."

Organizers for this international event to take place in Taipei City received applications from more than 500 students looking to fill the 165 positions ranging from event announcers to help desk volunteers. Given the various degrees of proficiency needed for these positions, the hiring committee needed a way to measure the English language skills of all applicants to ensure that the skill level of the volunteer matched the need of the position they were assigned. 

"Successfully hosting a high profile event can change the international perception of a city and hosting international guests is often the most difficult task," said David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division. "The global recognition of the TOEIC test makes it an ideal tool in this situation by setting a language standard and ensuring participants and guests are understood and well received."

With more than 6 million TOEIC tests administered globally in 2010, the TOEIC test is the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. In addition to the 10,000 organizations worldwide that use the test, organizing committees at international events often use the TOEIC test to set English language standards for employees and volunteers. Recent events include the 2014 FIFA World Cup volunteers in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo in China, and the G20 Summit in Seoul, Korea.

"We are excited to be working with the Chinese Taipei Skating Union in their effort to set English-language skill standards for this international event," said T.J. Shao, Chairman of Chun Shin Ltd. "Placing importance on international communication will ensure the success of this event and will help build Taiwan's reputation and business globally."

For more information on the TOEIC test and other services provided by the TOEIC Program visit www.ets.org/toeic.

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