YDS (Language Proficiency Test administered in Turkey)
The YDS (Yabancı Dil Seviye Belirleme Sınavıdır) is an English language proficiency test, mostly taken by civil servants, academics and military personnel. It is administered by ÖSYM in Turkey in order to evaluate the foreign-language skills, especially of governmental employees. The state pays extra money to public servants and employees of state agencies depending on their score on the test, and also uses this test to appoint employees to the positions located out of the country.
The test is administered every six months and is taken by more than 100,000 people. It can be taken electronically.
It is administered in several languages, but mainly in English. It is carried out in several cities throughout Turkey on the first Sundays of May and November.
The test consists of 80 multiple-choice questions to be finished within 180 minutes. The questions mainly deal with English vocabulary, English language grammatical structures, sentence completion, English-Turkish translation, Turkish-English translation, English paragraph completion, locating the irrelevant sentence in a paragraph, restatement, dialogue completion and reading comprehension passages.
The fact that the test evaluates only the reading comprehension skills while ignoring the listening, speaking and writing skills has been harshly criticised.
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