This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
This week in our Foreign Student Series, we continue our
discussion of college entrance exams. So far we have talked about
three tests that are widely accepted by American schools. These are
the SAT, the ACT and the TOEFL. The TOEFL is the Test of English as
a Foreign Language.
Now we have a question from a student in France about another
test. Cire Kaba plans to enter an American college or university.
The question is: when applying to a school in the United States,
can the TOEIC replace the TOEFL? The TOEIC is the Test of English
for International Communication.
The short answer to the question is no.
Admissions offices at American colleges and universities
generally do not recognize TOEIC results. The same is true of
scholarship and exchange programs as well. But some schools and
English programs in the United States do use the test. So we
thought this would be a good chance to explain the TOEIC.
ETS, the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey,
develops and administers both the TOEFL and the TOEIC. It says the
TOEIC measures the everyday English skills of people working in an
Non-native English speakers take the test to demonstrate their
English language skills when applying for jobs. Organizations also
use the TOEIC to measure progress in English training programs. And
they use it to consider people for placement at the right level in
Several thousand companies, English programs and government
agencies use the TOEIC. The test is offered in about sixty
The TOEFL is based on English used in the classroom. The TOEIC
is based on English used in the workplace. But the Educational
Testing Service says the test does not require knowledge of special
business words. It says the questions come from real situations
like attending a company meeting.
The TOEIC measures listening and reading skills -- and,
beginning in December, ETS will offer speaking and writing tests.
For a link to the Educational Testing Service Web site, where you
can get more information about the TOEIC and the TOEFL, go to
You can also download MP3 files and transcripts of the earlier
reports in our Foreign Student Series. And if you have a general
question for us, send it to email@example.com.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by
Nancy Steinbach. I'm Bob Doughty.