New English proficiency test makes debut at companies

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New English proficiency test makes debut at companies

Korean companies are starting to use a new business English proficiency test, which the government hopes will replace standardized tests like the Test of English for International Communication (Toeic) and keep job candidates from having to spend lots of money on tutorials.

The Korea Productivity Center, a state-run organizational productivity research institute that specializes in management advice, reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Electrical Safety Corporation on Tuesday to start the use of the English for Professionals Exam (ePro), a new business English exam launched last year by Pearson. ePro is a simulation-based test, in which test takers use English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in simulated workplace situations.

Korea is the first country to start using the test. Eight companies including KT, Mirae Asset Securities and Lotte Hotel are using the test for recruitment and internal promotions. The test is supposed to launch in Japan, China, Taiwan, Mexico and Poland.
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