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ETS and NEEA Start to Map TOEFL® Test Scores to CSE Levels

ETS, the developer of the TOEFL® test, joined the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) — the Ministry of Education, P.R. China — for a five-day academic workshop in Beijing to map the TOEFL iBT® test scores to the proficiency levels of China’s Standards of English Language Ability (CSE). The mapping is the first step to help Chinese test takers better understand the ETS English-language tests, as well as to promote research on foreign language ability standards and assessments in China.

A group of recognized English educators from China participated in the academic workshop. It was facilitated by ETS’s Managing Senior Research Scientist Spiros Papageorgiou, Senior Research Project Manager Ching-Ni Hsieh, and with support from the NEEA staff and Chinese scholars who were involved in the development of the CSE. John Zang, the Country Manager of ETS’s China Office, also offered logistical support to the project.

This workshop is driven by a November 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between ETS and NEEA, which includes the linking of test scores between ETS-developed English-language assessment tests and the proficiency levels of the CSE — a cooperation that aims to promote the international integration of China’s foreign-language assessment system. In the future, ETS and NEEA will take more actions to enhance cooperation in this field.

Posted Date: August 14, 2018