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Haikou, China (May 30, 2019) On May 29 and 30, Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the National Education Examination Authority (NEEA) jointly held the 2019 TOEFL iBT and GRE Test Center Conference in Haikou. Zhang Jin and Han Yan, Director and Deputy Director of the International Department of the NEEA, Beth Mowery, Executive Director of ETS, Miranda Wang, Country Manager of ETS China, as well as about 200 representatives from more than 100 TOEFL test centers attended the conference.
NEEA International Department Director Zhang Jin opened the meeting with a keynote address. He introduced the current state of test security in China and abroad, and acknowledged ETS’s efforts in continuously improving test security. Zhang said that ETS has applied several advanced technologies to ensure test security in China, including biometric voice identification and facial recognition technologies, which not only improved the efficiency of identifying test-takers, but also strengthens test security as well as the fairness, objectivity and reliability of the TOEFL and GRE tests.
The second day’s event was kicked off by Beth Mowery with a keynote speech titled, “ETS Test Standards and New Features.” Mrs. Mowery acknowledged the high-performance standards achieved by the test center network in China and discussed several new approaches to improve test security and quality for the TOEFL and GRE tests. This joint conference is a historic milestone for ETS and NEEA. This will be the first time ETS has had the opportunity to meet directly with test center representatives in China, which is due to the strong relationship between ETS and NEEA.
Miranda Wang, Country Manager of ETS China, introduced two recent changes announced for the TOEFL test, including the MyBest Scores and a shortened test. Mrs. Wang said ETS is dedicated to improving test taking experience, while the newly announced MyBest Score can help test takers demonstrate their personal best to their dream schools. The shortened test is developed based on extensive research, aiming to effectively assess test takers’ English language ability within a shorter period. It’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, but with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections. At the same time, it also reduces test taker fatigue and can improve focus and performance.
The 2018 TOEFL Excellent Test Center Award Ceremony was held on May 30. Test centers were rated according to several criteria, including the number of test dates opened, rating scores during test center patrols, test center management, test security facilities, as well as the number of registered complaints. Twenty test centers, including Peking University and the University of Science and Technology of China, were recognized as 2018 excellent centers. Representatives from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and the Fujian Provincial Education Examinations Authority also shared their experience as award recipients following the award ceremony.
The TOEFL Special Contribution Award Ceremony was also held during the conference. The award is designed to recognize the outstanding contribution and dedicated service of test administrators to successfully deliver the TOEFL test in China. Award winners have worked for more than 20 years and have never encountered a test security incident.
To learn more about the 2018 TOEFL Excellent Test Centers and TOEFL Special Contribution Award recipients, please visit https://www.toefl.cn/.
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