Category Archives: High Stakes Academic Tests

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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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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SAT Probe by Police Widens

Some days ago the press reported a scandal in which a Korean language institute instructor was arrested by police after providing copies of an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) test taken in Bangkok, Thailand,  via e-mail to Korean students who were … 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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Private lessons to be a liability for entry into Foreign Language High Schools

As reported in the Joongang Daily today, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced that applicants to foreign language high schools who say they received private education or tutoring will be disadvantaged.  This is the Ministry’s latest effort … 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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Megastudy.net: Private Test Preparation Online in South Korea

An online tutoring service started in the year 2000 was founded by a former tutor at a private education institute.  His inspiration for the company came while watching a home-shopping channel on television and he intended to help reduce the … Continue reading

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