Sunday, January 08, 2006

For TOEIC the Bell Tolls / <토익을 위하여 종은 울리나>

For me this is great news. Maybe I'm a fool for being too hopeful about the demise of this infamously inept test, but an article in the Chosun Ilbo (Chosun Daily) here reports to my delight that the TOEIC:

나에게는 이게 아주 좋은 소식이다. 어리석게도 나는 이 악명높게 부적절한 시험의 멸망를 낙관하고 있다. 하지만 <조선일보>에서 있는 글이 이렇게 토익에 대해 보고했다.

may at last be on its way out. Some 12 corporations ... have dropped a TOEIC score requirement for job applicants, and three others ... have lowered the minimum requirement...

"...we judged that the TOEIC not an appropriate indicator of actual English skills," says Lee Jeong, head of personnel at the Industrial Bank of Korea.

...The test, which has no reading and writing sections and consists largely of formulaic multiple-choice questions, may have come to the end of its extended run. Most candidates sit the test for employment reasons. If companies now dismiss it, the exam's survival is under threat.

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