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AI Business English Speaking Test “PROGOS” received the Remarkable Start-up Award at the 6th HR Technology Awards

PROGOS, the AI business English speaking test provided by PROGOS Inc., the corporate subsidiary of RareJob, Inc. (hereafter, “RareJob”), which utilizes data related to people to develop global talents, was awarded the remarkable start-up award at the 6th HR Technology Awards sponsored by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (hereafter, “METI”).

The HR Technology Award has been held since 2016 to encourage innovation and further development in this industry by commending outstanding HR technology and HR Big Data initiatives in Japan. The award-winning PROGOS is the quick, easy and reasonable test that can measure English speaking skills based on the international CEFR standard.

Business companies have used it in various ways to visualize skills of employees. The PROGOS test has been taken the most among English speaking tests in Japan approximately one year after its launch. (*1).

Reasons for the award (Comment of the announcement by the HR Technology Award)

The PROGOS test has a system that measures practical English speaking skills based on the global standard indicator, CEFR and automates to evaluate free-speaking answers by using machine learning. This system achieved important breakthroughs in all aspects such as volume of test assessment, price, convenience, and speed to give examinees feedback. These innovations make the PROGOS test a high quality English speaking assessment. It enables many companies to understand English speaking abilities of all employees reasonably, and it has been highly praised as a service that contributes to the visualization of business skills needed for future business development.

Overview of HR Technology Awards

・Organizer: HR Technology Awards Executive Committee

・Support: METI; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan; Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN; TOYO KEIZAI INC.; Business Publishing,Inc.; HR Technology Consortium; HR Research Institute (ProFuture Inc.)

・About the remarkable start-up award: It will award companies that have been providing excellent services within three years since its foundation and are highly regarded as promising companies to make further progress in the future.

About the AI Business English Speaking Test “PROGOS”

The PROGOS test is the business English speaking assessment to measure English speaking skills quickly, easily, reasonably and accurately based on the internationally recognized CEFR standard. AI technology enables automated scoring and giving feedback in as short as 2 to 3 minutes. In addition to the overall evaluation, six indices identify weaknesses, which leads to efficient learning.


・For more information about the test: https://progos.ai/en/about.html
・Previous award: The PROGOS test received the Silver Prize in Reimagine Education Award 2020, Learning Assessment category

PROGOS Inc. is currently offering the PROGOS test free of charge to companies and universities to encourage them to measure English speaking skills appropriately, visualize and objectify them more as business skills. Through the expansion of the exam, we will help companies and universities to understand the practical English skills of their employees and students for global business.

The innovative aspect of the PROGOS test has been recognized not only domestically but also internationally this time as we won “HR Technology Award”, following the global educational award “Reimagine Education Award” last December. We are planning to launch the English version for the PROGOS test in the future to provide opportunities to take an English speaking assessment for foreign people in the world, not just in Japan.


・Free offering information for the PROGOS test (Our campaign website): https://www.progos.co.jp/lp/progosfree_01

*1 Based on our research


About PROGOS Inc.

Address: 6th Floor, CRANES Park Building, 18-1, Jingumae 6-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Masuyo Ando, President and COO
Business: Evaluation, training, and recruitment of global leaders

Press Contacts

PR Department, RareJob, Inc.
Email: press@rarejob.co.jp