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Setting Standards on the TOEIC Writing and Speaking Assessments for Internationally Trained Nurses TOEIC

Tannenbaum, Richard J.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), Standard Setting, Passing Scores, Cut Scores


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (a bureau within the Department of Homeland Security) requires that nurses who have completed their education and training outside the United States first satisfy an English language proficiency standard before being eligible for an occupational visa. The TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication™) Listening and Reading Test is already recognized for this purpose. The TOEIC® Writing and Speaking assessments are now being considered as assessments that may satisfy the criterion addressing a candidate’s English writing and speaking proficiency. In this study, 14 experts (nurses, supervisors, and administrators) participated in a standard-setting process to recommend passing scores for the TOEIC Writing and Speaking assessments.

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