The TOEIC® Listening and Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide is based on the information gathered from all test takers who completed the TOEIC Background Questionnaire administered in 2014. The report presents information about TOEIC test takers' average Listening and Reading scores, educational background, work experience, English-language study and use, and the TOEIC test-taking experience.
ETS is making this data available to enable users to learn more about the background of people who took the test and some of the factors that impacted their TOEIC scores and related improvement in English-language proficiency. Organizations can look at the data to set score benchmarks and goals; however, because the response rates varied across different background questions, special care should be taken in making inferences based on this data.
"With the English language becoming increasingly important in the global workforce, it is important for score users to understand more about TOEIC test takers," said Feng Yu, Executive Director of the TOEIC Program. "And because the questionnaire and testing process is standardized, test takers of any background and location can be compared fairly by score users."
Relying on this data and TOEIC scores, organizations can build a more diverse and qualified labor pool to make informed decisions on placing, developing and promoting employees from and within any country or region. Additionally, the growing acceptance of the TOEIC tests around the world means test takers can advance their careers at a wider range of organizations.
Report highlights include:
TOEIC assessments are fair, reliable and valid measures of a test taker's ability to use English in the workplace. Used by nearly 14,000 organizations in 150 countries, the TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual's English-language proficiency level and measuring how well potential employees can apply their English-language skills in a work environment.
While organizations use TOEIC scores and surveys to build a stronger employee base, job seekers trust the TOEIC Program to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of test takers' strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring, placement and training decisions.
About the TOEIC Test
For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test, are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. Nearly seven million TOEIC tests are administered annually worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visitwww.ets.org/toeic.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including theTOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org