March 09, 2010 11:12 ET

TOEIC® Test Selected as English-Language Assessment for 2010 Shanghai World Expo Volunteers

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) -  This May, nearly 70 million people will attend the World Expo in Shanghai, China, an event that requires thousands of English-speaking volunteers to provide information to visitors. Having received an overwhelming 600,000 applications for the available positions, World Expo organizers chose the TOEIC® Test by Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a tool to assess the English-language proficiency of volunteer applicants. 

In a January interview with CHO, Tao Shenxian, Vice Director of the Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau Training Centre, commented on the process of screening such a large pool of applicants. "The first step was to decide on an appropriate language proficiency assessment tool, and we soon realized that the ETS TOEIC method would well and truly satisfy the requirements of the Expo for the assessment of vocational language capabilities." 

After reviewing several language assessment tools from a number of worldwide institutions, World Expo organizers chose the TOEIC test because it met all of their needs. These included broad accessibility, wide acceptance and high standards of quality and fairness.

"We are excited to work with the Shanghai World Expo to provide a high-quality assessment that will assist in the screening of this year's volunteers," said Enghan Tan, China Country Manager for ETS Global. "Because the TOEIC test is so widely available, the World Expo organizers will be able to accept applications from a broader pool of candidates and select the most appropriate group of volunteers for this significant event."

Within China, China Southern Airlines, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Motorola Electronics, and now the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, are some of the many organizations that use the TOEIC test to evaluate English proficiency. Across the world, the TOEIC test serves as an English-assessment tool to help employers measure workplace English-language skills, document progress in English-language training, recruit and promote employees and establish standard measurements across company locations worldwide.

The 2010 World Expo in Shanghai will take place from May 1 to October 31. Following a theme of "Better City, Better Life," the Expo is a gallery of human inspirations and thoughts, focusing on building a powerful and lasting example of sustainable and harmonious urban living. House exhibitions, events and forums will occupy more than two square miles in the city's core. Seventy-seven thousand volunteers will work in the Expo Park itself and 130,000 will work in information booths across Shanghai. 

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