Test failures must repeat year;In brief

15th January 1999 at 00:00
Nine-year-olds who fail a tough new English test will be made to repeat a year in New York city. In one paper in this month's tests, students have to listen to two readings of a text, take notes and spend 50 minutes writing short answers and two essays on it - without reading it. In Britain even 11-year-olds are not asked to answer question on texts they can only listen to.

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