A Chinese student revises for the annual gaokao or college entrance exams in Handan, Hebei province, in May 2018. With an increasing number of Chinese students aiming to go to university abroad, English-proficiency testing has become the focus of attention. Photo: EPA-EFE
Philip Yeung
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Yeung

How English testing is failing Chinese students by driving numbers, not proficiency

  • Philip Yeung says as the market for English assessments, such as IELTS, grows in China, test designers should ensure that exam questions encourage true language learning

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A Chinese student revises for the annual gaokao or college entrance exams in Handan, Hebei province, in May 2018. With an increasing number of Chinese students aiming to go to university abroad, English-proficiency testing has become the focus of attention. Photo: EPA-EFE
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