Colleges Set Higher English Entry Standards

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The China Post news staff--More higher learning institutions in Taiwan have decided to include senior high school graduates' grades in English listening comprehension tests and General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) when reviewing their applications for admissions.

The National Taiwan University (NTU) has the largest number of 25 departments asking for the English test results from students seeking to enter the university, accounting for 43 percent of total departments at the school.

NTU officials explained that such English proficiency test grades are not mandatory requirements but they will improve the chance of admissions to the designated departments.

Students presenting better test rests of English listening comprehension and GEPT will be given extra points when their applications are screened, they said.

Other government-sponsored universities implementing the same policy include the National Cheng-kung University and National Chung Hsing University with 11 designated departments at each school aiming to recruit more students with better language skills.

More than 12,000 high school graduates throughout Taiwan took English listening comprehension tests for the first time in 2011 and 5,312 of them, or 44 percent, earned Grade A test results.

Educators familiar with university admission policies in Taiwan suggest students seize on opportunities to take English-language classes to improve their chances of being accepted by their favorite universities.

Taiwan students are generally weak in English listening comprehension due to lack of adequate practice.

But those willing to use time to lift their English listening comprehension ability will certainly have much better chances over other students to be admitted into their targeted universities, they said. …