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Resources regarding the development, implementation, and implications of NEAT in Korea
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NEAT (National English Assessment Test) Homepage

This is the official NEAT site.  Lots of information if you can read Korean.  Not easy to run through Google Translate because of aweful Web development practices.

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NEAT Test

NEAT Test | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

With enthusiasm for the topic overflowing the chat kicked off with a discussion as to what we can expect from the NEAT in comparison to TOEIC/TOEFL exams. @Michaelgriffin questioned whether the NEAT speaking section really is that similar to the current industry main players as some reviews have suggested 1. To truly compare what was being tested @ELTExperiences suggested we first gather some more information on the format of the NEAT speaking exam, despite @ChopEDU (who has recently completed an M.A assignment on this topic) rightly pointing out the dearth of information in English on this topic (a controversial yet insightful fact in itself) @BarryJamesonELT came up trumps with 2, @ChopEdu provided the following extremely useful links on assessment in general 3 and @michaelgriffin reinforced the relative wealth of information with 4.

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Ministry considering name change for NEAT

The Education Ministry is considering renaming its English test for students and adults.

 

An official told The Korea Herald that the ministry is searching separate names for the two versions of the National English Ability Test currently being trialed.

 

“The word ‘National’ doesn’t fit in our long-term plan to export the testing tool to other countries where English is not spoken as the mother tongue,” he said, adding that the ministry plans to export the adult version of NEAT.

 

NEAT is being developed by the ministry largely to replace the English test part of the current state-administered college entrance exam. The new test will place more focus on speaking and writing skills rather than reading comprehension and grammar. NEAT consists of three levels, with level one for adults and level two and three for minors.

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State-run English test may replace CSAT

The English language section of the College Scholastic Ability Test may be replaced by a state-run English test from 2016. It is also to be recognized as reference material in the rolling admission to universities from 2013.

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Universities to add Natoinal English Ability Test to admissions : National : Home

Universities to add Natoinal English Ability Test to admissions : National : Home | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

According to the plan, high school English assessment is to take place through an Internet-based test (IBT) divided into a Level 2 test for examining students’ ability to use the basic academic English needed for university studies, and a Level 3 test for assessing practice English skills for daily life. An additional Level 1 test is designed for adults. Takers are assigned absolute grades in the four areas, with passing levels of A, B, and C and a failing level of F

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Some thoughts on NEAT

Some thoughts on NEAT | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it
The Korean government announced a newly developed Korean English proficiency test, called the National English Ability Test (NEAT). NEAT has been developed to ''access Korean students’ practical English ability” and proposes that English be acknowledged as an international language.

 

However, I argue that in the exam a great deal of emphasis, again and repeatedly, has been placed on achieving a particular type of English proficiency (e.g. America English) and there is little acknowledgement of English as an international language, including the use of English as a global lingua franca.

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Daniel Craig's comment, September 9, 2012 8:57 AM
I'm sure that NEAT is not going to focus on a world Englishes, but it's not going to do a lot of things. This is not a very ambitious test. It is largely meant to copy larger, international tests of English but keep content (and money) Korean. In fact, I hear that they will use Korean speakers of English for listening materials. If that is the case, it is a nod towards World Englishes.
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Will new English test facilitate communication in the classroom?

Will new English test facilitate communication in the classroom? | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

One of the important aspects of the NEAT is the alignment of the content of the test with the National Curriculum. The new high-school English curriculum offers elective subjects: general English courses are aligned with NEAT Level 2, while practical English courses are aligned with NEAT Level 3. The NEAT was launched in 2012, and the students’ scores are being used as admission criteria for seven universities.

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National English Ability Test - South Korean Education

National English Ability Test - South Korean Education | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

Since NEAT would continue to be based on the current curriculum, should it be implemented, students active output (Writing and Speaking) would still take a distant seat behind the passive skills (Reading and Listening) as is the case in the current KSAT. Therefore, NEAT does not appear to go far enough in changing the present structure of testing in order to help students become more active language users.

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Daegu Compass June 2011 Article – Educating Her World

Daegu Compass June 2011 Article – Educating Her World | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

Link to her NEAT article in the Daegu Compass

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New English test plan faces backlash

New English test plan faces backlash | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

The government’s plan to include English speaking and writing ability tests in the national college entrance exam has stoked worries that it will add fuel to the nation’s already red-hot craze for English education.

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Assessment Part 3 - Building Assessment Preparation into a Syllabus

Assessment Part 3 - Building Assessment Preparation into a Syllabus | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it
NEAT Question Type 1 – Story Telling

- Personally, I use a lot of short films in class to help stimulate the student’s imaginations. There are two things I could have done here; firstly, I could have given them stills from the film and either had them predict what would happen or have them write a short summary of what did happen.

- For lower level students, I could have them make the pictures for each other, and then their partner makes the story.

 

NEAT Question Type 2 – Graph Description

- Students could survey each other; they make questions they would like to ask each other on the topic of that class, and from the results make a graph. They could then present their graph to the class.

- Students could predict how many class mates are wearing grey socks, blue socks, red socks, green socks, then as a class make a chart, give a very simple description and whoever had the closest prediction gets a prize.

 

NEAT Question Type 3 – Advice Giving

- Students could secretly write on a piece of paper problems they currently have in their life. They then make it into a paper airplane, everyone throws it to the other side of the room, they then plan the advice they would give and some are read to the class.

- For lower level students I think this is the most difficult category, but they could start off with simple statement like “the man should eat breakfast”. (Any better suggestions for this one are particularly welcome!!!)

 

NEAT Questions Type 4 – Conversation

- This is the easiest to introduce, and I’d be surprised if most teachers don’t already. For high level students creating a role play where one student is a character in a film, book or one of their favourite famous people and the other an interviewer is just one of hundreds of options.

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Korean-developed test may replace CSAT's English exam

Korean-developed test may replace CSAT's English exam | National English Ability Test (NEAT) | Scoop.it

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The National English Ability Test (NEAT), recently developed by the South Korean government as a local alternative to TOEFL and TOEIC, may replace the English language section of the nation's college entrance exam starting in 2016, the education ministry said Sunday.

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A Gigantic Change in English Exam, NEAT

SEE CHART of question types in the original post

 

 Though, it seems that NEAT is totally a new form of test, actually it is quite similar to TOEIC, TOEFL and TEPS. First, listening and reading part have a very similar question-type with TEPS or college scholastic ability test. For example, in listening part of NEAT, there are 4 types of questions: ①Choosing the appropriate responses ②finding main ideas ③finding the correct information from the dialogue ④using the charts and maps. Second, like TOEFL and TOEIC, many questions are focused on practical and communicative English. Because of these similarities, NEAT is just like the two sides of a coin. Due to the change in university entrance exam, students can be confused about how to study. But at the same time, they may prepare for NEAT easily by studying TEPS or TOEIC which are similar to NEAT instead.

 

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