UMeWorld Enters Rapidly Growing Online Test Preparation Market in China
Hong Kong, China (FSCwire) - UMeWorld Limited (OTCQB: UMEWF) today announced that it is entering the rapidly growing online test preparation market in China with a series of personalized and teacher-led products under the Company’s newly created 17Speech.com banner to be launched on November 2, 2015.
The first product from the test preparation series is designed to help Chinese students to prepare for writing the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test. Over 2,500,000 people worldwide wrote the IELTS test in 2014 of which China had the largest number of participants, estimated at around 440,000. By the end of 2014, 150,000 Chinese students used IELTS results to apply for US institutions.
Working closely with Carnegie Speech and South China Normal University, the Company’s online IELTS test preparation product is specifically designed to address Chinese students’ weaknesses in the Writing and Speaking Sections of the IELTS test, of which the mean score for Chinese test-takers is 5.3 & 5.2 respectively. Chinese participants’ mean score of the 4 sections ranks number 6 from the bottom amongst all participating countries. Their Speaking scores rank bottom of the list for all worldwide rankings. A minimum score of 6.5 in each test section is required for acceptance by major Universities in the United States, United Kingdom & Canada.
''We are excited to enter one of the fastest growing sectors in China’s online education market,” said Ruby Hui, UMeWorld’s Executive Vice-President. “17Speech.com is an extension of our UMFun K12 platform, which addresses the increasing needs of Chinese K12 and post-secondary students to improve their English communications and achieve success in the global market.”
“Helping students improve their spoken English is Carnegie Speech’s passion,” stated Angela Kennedy, CEO of Carnegie Speech. “We are very happy to be working with UMeWorld and South China Normal University to bring this advanced speech recognition-based solution for spoken English assessment and training to the Chinese market.”
IELTS is a system for testing the language proficiency of individuals who need to study or work in an environment where English is the language of communication. IELTS is accepted by most British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions. Over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States and various professional organizations across the world also accept IELTS. Successful completion of the IELTS test is now a requirement for people wishing to immigrate to Australia and New Zealand and is also accepted by immigration authorities in Canada.
About Carnegie Speech
A global leader in the development of spoken language training software, Carnegie Speech prepares individuals and enterprises to speak and understand new languages through personalized, immediate and pinpointed language analysis and instruction. Incorporating the linguistic expertise and technical innovations developed through decades of research at Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Speech maximizes the effectiveness of spoken language instruction while minimizing training time and expense. From spoken language training to facilitate commerce and enhance education, to mission-critical communications to improve safety and security, Carnegie Speech products are used in Business, Aviation, Government, Education and Health Care enterprises that depend on effective spoken language communications. Visit www.carnegiespeech.com for more information.
About South China Normal University
Founded in 1931 and formerly known as South China Teacher’s College, South China Normal University is a prestigious educational institution in Guangdong Province and a member of “Project 211.” It is a comprehensive University, offering a diversity of degree programs in many disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, and management.
About UMeWorld Limited
UMeWorld is an internet technology company with a focus on the education market in China. UMFun, the Company’s K-12 flagship product, is a cloud based, patent-pending, adaptive learning and assessment platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student’s performance and personalizes the delivery of proprietary educational items in accordance with the student’s learning needs. UMFun’s off-school version is made available to Chinese K-12 students through China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile service provider by network scale and subscriber base, serving over 801,000,000 customers.
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Released October 5, 2015