As organizations began expanding worldwide, English communication skills are becoming as critical as technical skills to build an effective workforce. Recognizing this need, the creators of the TOEIC® program pioneered the assessment of English proficiency for the workplace.

In 1979, representatives of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) approached ETS with a request for a full-range test of English proficiency for the workplace.

Historically, English-language tests were created primarily for academic settings, focusing on a narrow range of abilities related to grammar rules and literature. So, ETS researchers developed a solution to measure an individual’s ability to effectively communicate in English, in a workplace setting. Keeping true to its heritage of quality and equity in education and pushing the boundaries of innovation in assessment, ETS created what would become the global standard of quality for English-language assessment for workplace – the TOEIC program.


Find out how our unique English-language assessments can help you like they did with thousands of organizations and millions of people around the globe.
The ETS Mission

The ETS Mission

ETS is the world’s largest private educational assessment and research organization. ETS develops and administers well-known and highly respected assessments such as the TOEIC®, TOEFL® and GRE® tests – but is also globally renowned for the PISA and PIAAC assessments, which we help to develop for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ETS's mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services. Our products and services measure knowledge and skills, promote learning and educational performance, and support education and professional development for people around the world.

The ETS Preferred Network

The ETS Preferred Network

The ETS Preferred Network (EPN) provides local service to corporations, educational institutions, government entities and individuals in more than 150 countries. Our valuable global network of experts provides a strong in-country presence, offering support and responsiveness in local time zones and languages. EPN members ensure we offer high-quality service and solutions that meet the unique needs of each customer.


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