Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) is the first school in the Philippines to integrate the TOEFL® Junior tests in its curriculum. The TOEFL® test is the most widely respected academic English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 8,500 colleges, universities, and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the United States. Recently, the Educational Testing Service expanded the TOEFL® program to include younger learners aged 11+. The TOEFL® Junior assessment was developed to provide the world with fair, valid and reliable English proficiency benchmarks with global norms.
The TOEFL® Junior test was initially administered to 300 Basic Education students last March 2013. A current user of the TOEIC® tests as a credential for all its college students, SISC decided to expand its English-language course schedule to also include the TOEFL® Junior test. This expansion helps ensure that SISC students are globally competitive by using global standards earlier in the curriculum. The TOEFL® tests are designed to be the highest reliable measures of academic English language proficiency and are validated by more than 40 years of world-class, scholarly research.
The initial examinees received a score report which includes several global measures of English proficiency namely a TOEFL® Junior Score, a Lexile® measure, and a CEFR Reference. These three measures allow SISC to be more confident that its students are truly competitive both globally and locally.