International language proficiency tests will partially resume in China starting next week, education authorities announced on Monday, as the coronavirus pandemic wanes in most parts of the country.
The resumption pace of the exams will depend on the epidemic situation in the city and whether the test centers meet the requirements for hosting group activities, the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) said.
Chinese students wishing to pursue overseas education need to sit for standardized language fluency tests as part of their application. But test centers nationwide temporarily closed and exams were halted earlier this year amid strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, putting the plans of thousands of students on hold.
Students whose exams were canceled will be fully refunded, authorities said.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will partially resume on July 9, followed by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as of July 11 and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) tests a day later.
The TestDaF, which tests a non-native speaker's proficiency in German, scheduled for July 4 will be canceled.
In 2018, some 662,100 Chinese students left the country to study abroad, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, according to data from the Ministry of Education. The U.S., the UK, Australia and Canada are the top destinations for study abroad hopefuls, according to a 2019 report by Beijing-based New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting.
More information about the test centers can be found on NEEA's website http://www.neea.edu.cn/.