The College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC) yesterday announced it would launch an English listening proficiency test for high school students on a trial basis in the fall next year.
CEEC deputy director Hung Tung-kuei (洪冬桂) told a press conference at the center that the first test was scheduled to be held in September.
Under the plan, the 50-minute test would be held twice in a year — in April and September — in Taipei, Hsinchu, Greater Taichung and Greater Kao-hsiung, Hung said.
Students will be tested on picture interpretation, question-and-answer sections, short dialogues and listening comprehension of short articles, all of which will be sourced from current high school English curriculum guidelines, she said.
Students are not obliged to take the test for now, Hung said, adding that the test result can serve as a reference source for students’ college applications.
This will be the first time high school students in Taiwan are tested by a government-related organization on their English listening proficiency for college entrance purposes.
The government has been considering adding listening and speaking proficiency as thresholds for college entrance requirements.
Minister of Education Wu -Ching-ji (吳清基) has on a number of occasions expressed support for the idea, saying that high school students do not care about their English listening and speaking ability because the two categories have never been included in the official entrance examinations.
At present, test-takers are only examined on their reading, grammar and writing proficiency.
Mou Tsung-tsan (牟宗燦), director of the center, said the listening proficiency test could be included in the official college entrance examinations by 2014 at the earliest.