Today, as the United Nations celebrates English Language Day, there are almost two billion English-language speakers around the world. English has become an increasingly important international language used by people from different geographic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to communicate with each other.
As such, the need for assessing English-language proficiency for the global workplace and educational institutions continues to grow. As the world leader in English-language assessments, ETS's TOEFL and TOEIC tests meet this demand.
"Global businesses, educational institutions and government entities need to recruit highly qualified candidates that will be able to perform in a competitive environment," said David Hunt, ETS Vice President and COO of ETS's Global division.
"The TOEFL and TOEIC tests help these institutions make well-informed decisions regarding applicants' abilities to effectively communicate across borders."
The TOEFL test is the international standard - used by more than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies - for measuring academic English proficiency at the university level. Moreover, the TOEFL test measures how well an individual is able to combine listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
The assessment offers a comprehensive and reliable tool to measure the English proficiency skills of individuals from around the world.
The TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual's English-language proficiency level for the workforce, measuring how well a potential employee can apply their English-language skills in a practical working environment.
Currently, nearly 14,000 organizations use TOEIC scores to build a stronger workforce. In addition, job seekers trust TOEIC scores to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of a test taker's strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring and placement decisions.
Furthermore, the TOEIC testing process is standardized, so organizations can use TOEIC test scores to place, develop and promote employees from and within any country or region in the world.