TSE and TOEIC

About the TSE
The TSE (Test of Spoken English) measures the ability of non-native English speakers to communicate orally in English. During the test, various situations are described by a speaker on an audiotape who also asks questions. (Typical situations include: Giving directions on a map, describing events in series of pictures, reading a passage out loud, or answering a question.) You are asked to find the best answer among those printed in the test booklet.

The TSE takes about 20 minutes and is given 12 times a year, on Fridays and Saturdays. Although the TSE is given along with the TOEFL at some test locations, you must register separately for it and specify a test location.

Find out if the college or university to which you are applying requires the TSE. Some professional licensing programs, government agencies, and scholarship programs also use the TSE to evaluate prospective applicants.

TSE Scoring
You have 30-90 seconds to respond to 12 separate questions. You may be asked to describe pictures printed in your test book or to state your opinion on a certain subject and back it up. Your responses are recorded, resulting in a 10- to 12-minute speech sample, which is scored on a scale of 20-60. There are no passing or failing scores on the TSE. Each institution determines for itself what scores are acceptable. To learn how scores are interpreted, contact the institutions that have received your test results.

Taking the TSE Test
The TSE is offered in the USA and around the world. If you would like to register for the test, please visit http://www.ets.org/tse/ and they can provide you with online registration and test dates.

If you would like information on line programs to help you prepare for the SAT please see Kaplan
About the TOEIC
The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) measures English proficiency, specifically as it is used in real-life situations in the business world and other professions. The TOEIC is different from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): The TOEFL tests academic English, while the TOEIC tests everyday English used in business. The TOEFL measures intermediate- to fluent-English language ability, while the TOEIC measures a wider range, from beginner to advanced-English ability.

The TOEIC is written by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private, not-for-profit company based in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States. TOEIC is used extensively in Japan and Korea, and its use is expanding throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
The TOEIC contains two general sections, Listening Comprehension and Reading. There are 100 Listening Comprehension items read to the student on audiotape and 100 Reading items with multiple-choice questions printed in the test booklet. It takes approximately two hours to take the TOEIC test. The Listening Comprehension section is timed according to the length of the cassette tape (approximately 45 minutes). Test takers are given 75 minutes (an hour and 15 minutes) to complete the Reading section.

Prior to most TOEIC administrations, examinees are required to complete a background questionnaire about their education, job, and English language studies. This takes approximately 20 minutes, so allow about two-and-a-half hours to complete both the test and the questionnaire.

The large number of items gives the TOEIC a very high statistical reliability. It also allows the TOEIC to measure across the English-language proficiency spectrum with more accuracy.

 

Taking the TSE Test
The TSE is offered in the USA and around the world. If you would like to register for the test, please visit http://www.ets.org/toeic/ and they can provide you with online registration and test dates.

If you would like information on line programs to help you prepare for the SAT please see Kaplan

TOEIC Scoring
TOEIC scores are obtained by adding up the total number of correct responses for both Listening Comprehension and Reading. The total number of correct answers is multiplied by a formula to arrive at a “scaled” score for each section ranging from 5-495. These two scores are added up to get a test taker’s total score, ranging from 10 to 990.

The TOEIC calculates only the number of correct responses – there is no penalty for incorrect answers. So you should be sure to fill in answers for every question, rather than leave any blanks, and pace yourself to make sure you have time to indicate an answer for all questions.

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