TOEFL iBT (an English test) score of Japanese speakers - 104th of speakers of 113 languages

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Jul 26, 2011 05:50
2010年、日本語話者のTOEFL iBTスコア平均は113言語中104位という不名誉な結果に。

TOEFL iBT is one of the most popular international English proficiency qualification especially desined for those who want to study in universities in English-speaking countries. TOEFL stands for "Test of English as a Foreign Language" and iBT means "internet-Based Testing". Each of the Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing section has the maximum of 30 scores and the full score in total is 120.

You may wonder how they test one's speaking ability. You are demanded to answer a question in English and speak to a microphone. Your answer is recorded in the computer, and later is examined by the scorers.

Japanese people are notorious for their not very wonderful speaking and listening abilities of English. Unfortunately, half of the total score of TOEFL iBT is for speaking and listening. As we expect from this test format, in 2010, the average TOEFL iBT score of native Japanese speakers, which are almost equal to Japanese people, was 69 and ranked the 104th of speakers of 113 languages.

In particular, the average score for the Speaking section of Japanese-speaking people recorded the worst in the world, which tells you something.

TOEFL iBT results 2010
http://www.ets.org/research/policy_research_reports/toefl-sum-10


Given these miserable status, I'd like to propose a new radical entrance exam system for graduate schools of science, technology and medicine etc in Japan.

Instead of carrying out traditional paper tests mostly for translation abilities, it may be better to set the minimum TOEFL iBT score to allow one to have the entrance exams. For the actual entrance exam, an essay may be better than just translations, because writing an essay in English is good practise for writing papers in English. Even lazy university students (though I was one of the laziest) in Japan would have to work harder to polish their listening and speaking skills as well as writing while they're still undergraduates to enter the graduate schools. If they want to be scientific researchers, they need to learn those anyway to communicate with scientists of other countries.

How do you think about this?
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