ETS and NEEA Start to Map TOEFL® Test Scores to CSE Levels

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Beijing, China (July 26, 2018) — ETS, the developer of the TOEFL® test, joined the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA), the Ministry of Education and P.R. China for a five-day academic workshop in Beijing to map TOEFL iBT ® test scores to the proficiency levels of China’s Standards of English Language Ability (CSE). The mapping is the first step to help Chinese test takers better understand the ETS English-language tests, as well as to promote in China research on foreign language ability standards and assessments.

A group of recognized English educators from China participated in the academic workshop. The workshop was facilitated by ETS Managing Senior Research Scientist Spiros Papageorgiou and Senior Research Project Manager Ching-Ni Hsieh with support from NEEA staff and Chinese scholars involved in the development of the CSE. John Zhang, the Country Manager of ETS’s China Office, also offered logistical support to the project.

This workshop is an activity driven by a November 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between ETS and NEEA, which includes the linking of test scores of ETS-developed English-language assessment tests, and the proficiency levels of the CSE. The ETS-NEEA cooperation aims to promote the international integration of China’s foreign-language assessment system. ETS and NEEA will take more actions in the future to enhance cooperation in this field.

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