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October 15, 2007

About the TOEFL

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The TOEFL (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 TOEFL began as a paper-based (PBT) and computer-based (CBT) test. However, the CBT is no longer offered — the last administration of TOEFL CBT was on September 30, 2006 — and the PBT is being phased out. The TOEFL is now exclusively presented as an internet-based test (iBT)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.

Why Take the TOEFL?

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?

Nonnative English speakers at the 11th-grade level or above should take the TOEFL to provide evidence of their English proficiency before beginning academic work. The test content is considered too difficult for students below 11th grade.

Many institutions report that they frequently do not require TOEFL scores of certain kinds of international applicants. These include:

  • nonnative speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)
  • nonnative speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-year course of study in which English was the language of instruction
  • transfer students from institutions in the United States or Canada whose academic course work was favorably evaluated in relation to its demands and duration
  • nonnative speakers who have taken the TOEFL within the past two years
  • nonnative speakers who have successfully pursued academic work at schools where English was the language of instruction in an English-speaking country for a specified period, generally two years

Students should contact their prospective institutions directly concerning their specific admission requirements.

Where Can People Take the Test?

The TOEFL is offered in 180 countries around the world at official testing centers, as well as 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.

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