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Taiwan’s TOEIC scores lagging

By Chang Sheng-en 張聖恩

Second, the TOEIC Reading Test is a 75-minute multiple-choice assessment with 100 questions in three sections: incomplete sentences, error recognition or text completion, and reading comprehension. Test-takers read a variety of materials, and respond at their own pace. For this part, they should actively expand their vocabulary, be familiar with sentence structures and the use of conjunctions, and increase reading speed through extensive reading.

Moreover, they should be familiar with various formats of reading materials — such as news/business reports, advertisements, announcements, instructions, charts, letters, e-mail, agendas, and memos — which frequently appear in the reading test.

Of course, Taiwan’s low TOEIC score does not necessarily equal a low degree of internationalization, but it indicates that many Taiwanese have difficulty communicating with the rest of the world in English, and this deserves greater attention.

Chang Sheng-en is an assistant professor of English at Shih Hsin University.

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