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New Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) Test - Overview

Author: ETS, Posted on Thursday, September 01 @ 06:50:56 IST by RxPG  

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The new Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) will include
- a new Speaking Section,
- twice the number of essays
- integrated skills testing
- will be one hour longer.

The TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success.

What Is the Benefit of An Internet-based Test?

TOEFL iBT emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework. With Internet-based testing, ETS can capture speech and score responses in a standardized manner.

Online registration and online score reporting make it easier for students to REGISTER for TOEFL iBT and receive their test scores.

When Will TOEFL iBT Be Available?

ETS is introducing the new test in phases.
United States (excluding U.S. Territories) September 24, 2005
Canada, France, Germany, Italy October 22, 2005
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands November 4, 2005
American Samoa November 5, 2005
Guam March 18, 2006
Worldwide In 2006

A complete schedule will be available on this Web site by October 1, 2005.

What Is Happening To The Current TOEFL Tests?

The computer- and paper-based (CBT, PBT) versions of the TOEFL test will be given at a particular location until the Internet-based version is implemented.

How Can I Learn More About TOEFL iBT?

* Take the TOEFL iBT Tour at http://tinyurl.com/89yy7

* Read the TOEFL iBT frequently asked questions at http://tinyurl.com/bc53r

* Take a practice test at TOEFL Practice Online at http://toeflpractice.ets.org/

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.

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

* nonative 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 test 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?

TOEFL iBT is taken via the Internet at ETS-certified test centers. This makes it possible to greatly expand the number of locations where the test can be taken.

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