The scores of Taiwanese taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam improved last year, moving Taiwan into second place among Asian countries, according to the examining body at the University of Cambridge.
The average score of Taiwanese IELTS test-takers was 5.90 last year, an improvement from 5.80 the previous year, the most recent data show.
Taiwan’s 2010 score tied with Japan to rank third, after Hong Kong (6.40), Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea, which tied at second with 5.90. In the Asian rankings for last year, Hong Kong was at the top, with an average score of 6.40, while Taiwan was tied with Vietnam and South Korea with 5.90.
Next on the list were Japan (5.80), Thailand (5.80) and China (5.60).
In a statement, the British Council said it held a record 1.7 million IELTS tests around the world last year, an annual increase of 12 percent.
Saying that learning English has become a public trend in Taiwan, the council added that it has been offering scholarships valued at NT$100,000 to five Taiwanese students for overseas study every year since 2010.
The program will continue to offer support to students and help them to realize their dreams, said Alison Devine, the director of the council’s Taipei office.
The IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IELTS Australia and Cambridge ESOL Examinations and is offered at more than 500 locations in 130 countries worldwide.