Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A valuable tool for students who would like to study abroad in English medium institutions, the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) opens more doors than any other academic English test. More than 6,000 institutions and agencies in 110 countries rely on TOEFL scores to select students with the English skills needed to succeed. TOEFL covers all skills of English proficiency including a test of spoken English and grammar exercises.
What is the TOEFL Test?
The TOEFL Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. The test is offered in three formats: Internet-based, Computer-based and Paper-based.
The TOEFL iBT
The TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. The TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework.
The TOEFL CBT
The TOEFL CBT is no longer offered. The last administration of TOEFL CBT was on September 2006. The TOEFL program is phasing in the Internet-based version of the TOEFL test - the TOEFL iBT. In areas where the TOEFL iBT is not yet available, the paper-based version of the TOEFL test will be available on a limited basis to supplement the TOEFL iBT test center network.
The TOEFL computer-based test (CBT)
The TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) measures English language proficiency in the following: areas
TOEFL CBT scores are valid for two years from the administration date. During this period you can send your TOEFL CBT score report to the institutions of your choice.
The TOEFL PBT
The TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) measures the following area of the English language:
- Listening Comprehension
- Structure and Written Expression
- Reading Comprehension
Why Take the TOEFL Test?
Most people take the TOEFL test as a prerequisite for admission into colleges and universities where English is used or required. In addition, many government, licensing, and certification agencies and exchange and scholarship programs use TOEFL scores to evaluate the English proficiency of people for whom English is not their native language.
Who Should Take the TOEFL Test?
Nonnative English speakers at the 11th-grade level or above should take the TOEFL test to provide evidence of their English proficiency before beginning academic work. The test content is considered too difficult for students below 11th grade.
Students should contact their prospective institutions directly concerning their specific admission requirements.
Where Can People Take the Test?
The TOEFL test is offered in 180 countries around the world at institutional locations, such as colleges and universities testing centers operated by Prometric, a division of Thomson Learning. In areas where access to Internet-based testing is limited, a paper-based version of the test is administered on specific dates. The TOEFL PBT is generally offered at institutional locations such as colleges and universities.
Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?
More than 6,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 110 countries accept TOEFL scores.