[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Test center’s problems

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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Test center’s problems

Last Sunday, I took the TOEIC test at a middle school in Nowongu, Seoul. Although test-takers had been previously requested to use mass transportation due to the busy traffic and lack of parking spaces, I found many cars parked on the school playground when I arrived. They caused a jam on the playground and almost blocked the entrance of the school, which was narrow and uphill.
The problems didn’t stop there. Throughout the two hour test, the heater at the back of the room kept making sounds that disturbed my concentration. Also, it did not provide enough heat, and the test-takers were shivering. I didn’t know whether I was there to take an English test or to test my patience and endurance in the cold winter weather.
Taking the TOEIC test requires a fee that is not exactly inexpensive, and the scores are important in employment and at work. Everyone wants to do his or her best. It would be nice if the people managing the tests would pay attention to the test-taking environment to spare us these discomforts.

by Yoo Won-kyung
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