Hanoi, Vietnam, 14 October 2016 – The Language Academy of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was today awarded the 2016 Innovation in Assessment Prize by the British Council. The award was given in recognition of their approach to developing an assessment instrument, the Test of English Communication Skills for graduating students (UTM-TECS), which measures university graduates’ readiness to communicate in English in the workplace. The tasks and assessment criteria of the test were derived from and developed through collaboration with industries at various stages of the test development and implementation including the validation and revision phases.

The research was headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Halim bin Abdul Raof and funded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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Sara Pierson, the Director Examinations, British Council with Dean of UTM Language Academy, Associate Professor Dr Abdul Halim bin Abdul Raof