The Standardized Test of English Proficiency (STEP) is an English language certification exam for Indian students and job-seekers. This test will help students, institutions and employers assess and improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This is an important new venture by The Hindu Group and is a core part of our brand and social mission. We hope to leave a lasting impact on all the lives that we touch with this effort and make a major contribution towards improving employability and the skills of Indian youth. This version of the test is a beta or pilot and is being used to validate the underlying methodology and technology. The results presented here are preliminary and not fully calibrated. For more information, including technical support, contact us at or 1800 3000 6063

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The Courts in Chennai in India shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to the exclusion of other courts and applicable law will be Indian Law.
Any results or reports that you see are preliminary. While we have made every possible effort to ensure the accuracy of these results, we are not responsible for any errors that may still be in the system at this stage.

Kasturi & Sons Ltd. has the right to retain, modify, reproduce, and publish the contents of any submission (answers) you provide in the course of taking the test.

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