"I am very positive about this, as it will be more valid in measuring English proficiency in academia," Diana Kartika Jahja, business development manager of the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), told The Jakarta Post. Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on Next Generation TOEFL, as it will be known, Diana said the speaking assessment would replace the TOEFL's current grammar section.
said the new test might make everyone in the country -- test-takers and teachers both -- nervous.
"For the first time in TOEFL history, there will be an oral session.The speaker should be able to demonstrate some academic knowledge, so it will not only be conversational," Diana
told the Post. She
said under the current system, test-takers do not have to master the language in order to get a high TOEFL score."It is said that if you want to get a high score, just go for (more) mock tests," said Diana
."That is certainly what we are trying to avoid."
The Next Generation TOEFL will consist of four sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
The maximum time given to take the test will be 4.5 hours, and will be scored between zero and 120 points, said Diana
Further, the score report will include an analysis of errors, providing feedback to test-takers so they could improve, said Diana
The Next Generation TOEFL will be similar to the existing CBT, which is only offered at one official TOEFL test center -- the IIEF headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
"Test-takers have to travel to Jakarta if they want to take the CBT TOEFL.Alternatively, they can take the PBT," said Diana
said the new TOEFL
would cost around US$130, not much different from its current test price.