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Industry Endorses TOEIC® Test as Criteria of Employee Communication Skills

New Delhi, November 11, 2008: NIIT, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s No. 1 trainer, announced the endorsement of the TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication™) test by leading corporations throughout India.

Through NIIT’s first nationwide TOEIC test administration, 24/7 Customer, Genpact, Inventurus and Wipro participated in a benchmarking exercise of their employees’ communication skills. The benchmarking exercise will help corporations set acceptance standards while recruiting. This will also aid in monitoring improvement of communication skills of employees as they undergo training.  24/7 Customer, Wipro and Inventurus join other industry leaders such as - Call2Connect, Fiserv, HCL, HTMT, Steria (Xansa), Minacs (TransWorks) and NIIT Technologies — in their endorsement of the TOEIC test as the established industry criteria for assessing a candidate’s proficiency of English for workplace communication.  

Calling the first TOEIC test ‘a benchmark of its kind in the country,’ Ashish Basu, President of New Business Incubation for NIIT, says, ‘Participation of blue-chip companies in the TOEIC test is a validation of their acceptance of TOEIC test scores as the criteria for English communicative ability of individuals at workplace.’ 

‘We plan to roll it out across 20 cities in the next three months,’ adds Basu. 

The TOEIC test, developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is the world’s most widely accepted workplace English-language assessment tool. Offered in 90 countries around the world, the TOEIC test is used by more than 9,000 corporations, educational institutions and government agencies.

NIIT has announced that TOEIC test administrations will be held every month. During this introductory period, the TOEIC test will be priced at Rs 2495, with a special waiver for students who desire to take the test. As part of the preparation kit for the test, NIIT will provide aspiring candidates with an e-Learning CD that will contain the examinee handbook and sample test content. 

About the TOEIC test

The TOEIC test is an English-language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It measures the everyday English-language skills of people working in an international environment. TOEIC test scores indicate how well people can communicate in English with others in the global workplace. Developed by Educational Testing Service® (ETS®) in 1979, the TOEIC test has become the world’s leading test of English-language proficiency in a workplace context. Nine thousand corporations in more than 90 countries use the TOEIC test, and more than five million TOEIC tests were administered in 2007.


ETS is a nonprofit organization with the mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide. Founded in 1947, ETS designs, develops, delivers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. 

ETS and its related ETS Global subsidiaries have offices around the world to meet the needs of non-U.S.-based entities in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. In serving individuals, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and membership organizations worldwide, ETS offers valid and reliable assessments, research and related services such as customized solutions, workforce products and services, and research-based teaching and learning tools.  

For more information, visit the ETS website at For more information on TOEIC visit the NIIT Litmus Website:

About NIIT

NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation, offers learning and knowledge solutions to over 5 million students across 40 countries. 

Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2008. Rated among India’s Business Superbrands 2008, NIIT’s Individual Learning Solutions include industry-endorsed programs in IT like- GNIIT, Integrated programs for Engineers (NIIT Edgeineers), Infrastructure Management programs (NIIT GlobalNet+). 

NIIT’s School Learning Solutions offers turnkey IT integration program for schools and has provided computer-based learning to nearly 7.8 million students in over 9,500 government and private schools. NIIT eGuru is a comprehensive learning solution for schools.   

For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programmes in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, IMT Ghaziabad and IIFT Delhi.  

NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. 

NIIT Uniqua, Centre for Process Excellence, addresses the demand for talent in the BPO industry. This is a part of NIIT Institute of Process Excellence, a NIIT-Genpact venture.   

NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses. 

Element K delivers learning solutions for customers and partners through a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology, and services. The offerings include: vLab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform.  

NIIT together with Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide. 

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Prateek Chatterjee, NIIT Ltd, Ph: (Cell) +91 9910201085, (Dir) +91 124 4293041

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