TOEFL Junior Challenge officially opened
(KPL) The TOEFL Junior Challenge 2014 contest was officially launched on 18 October in Vientiane Capital and Savannakhet province.
The contest will be announced opened in Luang Prabang and Champassak on 25 October.
The English proficiency program is valid for children aged between 11-15 years old, or who are studying in grades 6 to 9 at secondary schools across the country.
Over 150 students from 15 public and private schools in Vientiane Capital and over 150 students representing 12 public and private schools in Savannakhet took part in the contest on Saturday.
The organizing committee has estimated the number of candidates who will take part in TOEFL contests held in Vientiane Capital, Savannakhet, Champassak and Luang Prabang at over 600.
The TOEFL Junior Challenge is expected to draw over 200 students in Champassak and 110 students in Luang Prabang.
The 2nd round of the contest has been scheduled for 22 Nov in Vientiane Capital and Savannakhet province, 29 Nov in Luang Prabang and Champassak.
The final round will be held on 20 Dec in Vientiane Capital. The International Standard of ETS-TOEF Junior and TOEFL Practice Online (TPO) is used as the evaluation criteria to award the winners. Along with medals and certificates from the Ministry of Education and Sports, the winner will be awarded 5,000,000 kip; the 2nd place will be presented 3,000,000 kip; the 3rd place will be awarded 2,000,000 kip.
The opening ceremony for the TOEFL Junior Challenge saw the presence of the Director of the Educational Standards and Quality Assurance Centre (ESQAC) under the Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Vanxay Noraseng, the Head of the Ministry of Education and Sports Office, Mr Sisamone Sitthirajvongsa, and other relevant officials.