China TOEFL® 2019 Annual Conference Held in Beijing

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Beijing, ChinaDecember 11, 2019 Themed “Continuous Innovation, Shared Prosperity,” the second China TOEFL® Annual Conference was successfully held in Beijing by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) and ETS jointly hosted a press conference in the morning to announce the official mapping of TOEFL iBT® test scores on the language proficiency levels and the China’s Standards of English (CSE).

The heads of NEEA and ETS’s TOEFL program announced the mapping results at the press conference. Deputy Director of NEEA Dr. Yu Han said, “The successful completion of the research project to map TOEFL iBT test scores onto the CSE levels increases the international influence of China’s language ability standard, promotes the integration of the Chinese educational technical standard into the global standard, and spurs English education and the opening and development of foreign language education in China.”

“ETS’s Research unit has a long history of contributing our knowledge to the fields of language assessment and second language acquisition, including intensive support of the TOEFL program,” said Joanna Gorin, Vice President of Research at ETS. “We are excited to have been able to collaborate with NEEA on such an important alignment research project.”

Research Result on Linking TOEFL iBT® scores to the China’s Standards of English (CSE)

     CSE Level


CSE Level 4 CSE Level 5 CSE Level 6 CSE Level 7 CSE Level 8
Reading (0–30) 7 13 17 21 25
Listening (0–30) 4 10 16 20 23
Speaking (0–30) 13 17 20 23 26
Writing (0–30) 13 17 21 23 27
Total Score (0–120) 37 57 74 87 101

1.   CSE is short for China’s Standards of English, which has 9 levels starting from the lowest CSE Level 1. This research focuses on CSE Levels 4 to 8.

2.   The TOEFL iBT total test score is reported on a scale from 0 to 120. The scores for each of the four sections, i.e., reading, listening, speaking and writing — are reported on a scale from 0 to 30.

3.   The table displays the alignment of scores for each section of the TOEFL iBT test to the CSE levels. For example, a TOEFL iBT Reading score of 7 is equivalent to CSE level 4; a TOEFL iBT Reading score of 13 is equivalent to CSE level 5; a TOEFL iBT Reading score of 12 is equivalent to CSE level 4.

4.   The alignment of the TOEFL iBT total test scores to the CSE levels is based on the mathematical sum of the section test scores because the total TOEFL iBT test score is equivalent to the sum of the four section scores.

Professor Liu Jianda, Vice President of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, sent his congratulations to the research group for their success. He introduced the meaning of CSE scores and the implementation of the scoring system. Prof. Liu said, “The alignment of CSE and TOEFL iBT is not only an important step for elevating English-language standards in China and internationalizing China’s English education, but it also shows the great influence that TOEFL has in China. It is my pleasure to participate in this event.”

“The TOEFL program is dedicated to continuously offering the premier assessment of academic English proficiency to our test takers around the world. Aligning the TOEFL iBT to CSE will help Chinese students further assess their English abilities, understand their test results and build their confidence,” said Mohammad Kousha, General Manager of the TOEFL program of Educational Testing Service. He also announced the 10 enhancements implemented for the TOEFL test this year, such as the launch of the MyBest ™ scores service, the shortening of the test time, a shorter turnaround time for retesting, the launch of afternoon test sessions and a reduced score reporting time.

Miranda Wang, Country Manager of ETS China, introduced the TOEFL program’s overall operation. She said, “China has the largest TOEFL test-taker population in the world. ETS China will continue to work closely with NEEA to constantly improve the experience of Chinese test takers.”

Guests were invited to deliver keynote speeches and participate in keynote dialogues to offer their thoughts and advice on the TOEFL program’s continuous efforts to provide better assessments and improve the English abilities of Chinese students in a globalizing world, as well as strengthening cooperation in the field of language teaching and assessment. Participants included heads of academic research institutions, including Unipus, the Guangzhou Foreign Language School; and Zhejiang University; and leaders of training schools, including New Oriental, New Channel, and Xiao Zhan Education; as well as heads of international schools, including Beijing Royal School; Shanghai United International School; and Canadian International School of Beijing.

Wang Guangfa, Principal of Beijing Royal School and President of Fazheng Group, shared his thoughts on the development of international schools. He said, “The Beijing Royal School is dedicated to adopting advanced education methods and integrating international education resources and China’s strength of basic education to build an education system that perfectly suits the Chinese students. The language assessment system created by the ETS, especially the TOEFL test, plays an integral role in our teaching practice featuring English.”

Michael Yu, Chairman of New Oriental Education & Technology Group, shared his expectation for the future development of English education in China, and introduced the impact of technology development exerts in the education sector. He said, “TOEFL is the earliest English assessment test with global influence to enter China. We are delighted to see ETS’s determination to bring changes to the test, as well as its emphasis on the Chinese market and efforts in improving the test experience. The New Oriental Company will continue to collaborate with ETS comprehensively in different fields.”

Sandy Bhangal, Associate Director of Client Relations at ETS Global in the U.K., and Helen Cook, Consultant of ETS Global in Australia, introduced the TOEFL test’s acceptance in the U.K. and Australia, and offered their advice for Chinese students to help them complete their applications effectively and efficiently.

The TOEFL Strategic Partnership Awarding Ceremony and the TOEFL Circle Member Awarding Ceremony were also held at the TOEFL Annual Meeting. New Oriental, and Xiao Zhan Education were awarded Outstanding Strategic Partner of the Year, Educational Innovation Partner of the Year and the Marketing Collaboration Excellence Award, respectively. Thirty schools were awarded TOEFL Circle Member certificates, with seven attaining “Three-Star Member” certification, eight receiving “Two-Star Member” certification, and fifteen achieving “One-Star Member” certification.

2019 TOEFL Circle Member Awards

Three-Star TOEFL Circle Member Baff Education and Training School
Shanghai New Oriental School
Nanjing New Oriental School
Kancell English
Hangzhou Xinketang Training School
Wuhan New Channel School
Two-Star TOEFL Circle Member Tianjin New Oriental School
Wuhan New Oriental School
Xiaozhan Education
Shanghai New Channel School
Qingdao New Channel School
Zhengzhou New Oriental School
Xi’an New Oriental School
Xi’an New Study English Training School
One-Star TOEFL Circle Member Hangzhou New Channel School
Beijing New Channel School
Chengdu New Channel School
Xi’an New Channel School
Jinan New Oriental School
Suzhou New Oriental School
Hefei New Oriental School
Changsha New Oriental School
Shanxi America Offer Education Technology Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou New Oriental School
Shenzhen New Oriental School
Chengdu New Oriental School
Chongqing New Oriental School
Beijing New Oriental School
Xiamen New Oriental School