Category Archives: Educational Testing

Revise GRE Introduced in Korea

The U.S. Education and Testing Services has made the biggest change in its GRE general test in 60 years. Officials of the Korean branch of ETS said that the agency has advanced the test technologically with emphasis on real-world applications. … Continue reading

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TOEFL Scores no Longer to be Decisive in College Entrance

TOEFL, TOEIC and other English test scores will not be used as major elements in the process of admitting students to universities under the admissions officer system.  As reported in The Korea Times, this is part of new guidelines announced … Continue reading

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Crackdown on Illegal Tutoring Ineffective

The Korea Times is carrying a series of articles on private tutoring in South Korea.  Today’s article focuses on the difficulty of enforcing laws against such tutoring.   According to an official at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, … Continue reading

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The Latest Twist in Korea’s SAT Scandal

The recent scandal affecting SAT testing in Korea has taken a new twist with reports that at least one much sought after SAT instructor was kidnapped and beaten after he tried leaving his private academy for another one.  According to … Continue reading

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South Korea’s Education Policy: Keeping Hagwon’s at Bay

The Korea Times today published an interview with Vice Minister of Education Lee Ju Ho, that provides a good overview of the current administration’s education policy.  It’s goal, as the headline proclaimed, was to keep Hagwons (private institutes) at bay. … Continue reading

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English Education Reforms in Korea: A Status Report

English education and English testing have perennially been high profile topics for public discussion in Korea.  That, in and of itself, is not surprising in this country which has built a modern education system almost from scratch in the span … Continue reading

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How the College Entrance Exam Shapes Korean Education

The Korea Times this morning has a very informative article by Robert Dickey that summarizes the continuing strong influence of the university entrance exam (College Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Korean education.   Despite many efforts to change it over the … Continue reading

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CSAT Less Crucial than Before

As reported in The Korea Times today, the state-run college scholastic ability test, which was administered nationwide yesterday, is generally less crucial than it was in the past.  Colleges these days use their own methods to select students for admission … Continue reading

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Consortium Named for Tests to replace TOEFL

The Korea Times today reports that a consortium has been named to organize Korea’s new government-run English proficiency tests.  The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced Wednesday that a group consisting of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry … Continue reading

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96 Flights Re-scheduled on Exam Day in Korea

A short article in The Korea Times this morning provides another reminder of the high priority this nation places on the college entrance exam.  The headline pretty much tells the story.   A total of 94 domestic flights and two … Continue reading

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