The Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) tests your ability to understand
Standard North American English. The
TOEFL is written and administered
by the Educational Testing Service
(ETS) and used by North American colleges
and graduate schools to evaluate the
level of English-language proficiency
of international student applicants.
Required TOEFL scores vary between
schools, so check with the schools
you're considering to attend beforehand.
In July of 1998, the TOEFL converted
to a computer format in most, but
not all, areas of the world. There
are four sections to the test - Listening
Comprehension, Structure and Written
Expression, and Reading Comprehension,
and a required essay (which can be
typed or handwritten).
TOEFL Registration and Test Dates
Registration: Since the TOEFL exam
is still given in both formats - CBT
(computer-based TOEFL) and pencil-and-paper
- it's suggested that you obtain a
copy of the TOEFL Information Bulletin
for Computer-Based Testing before
The Bulletin contains information
about scheduling an appointment for
the test, test center information,
identification requirements, information
about scores, and more. You can obtain
a mailed copy online (copies are mailed
from the United States, so allow up
to 8 weeks for delivery to an address
outside the USA) or downloading a
copy from http://www.ets.org/.
Practice the TOEFL Online
Take one of the best TOEFL tests available
online today at GetToefl.com. They have an online test specifically
designed with one goal in mind - for
you to pass your TOEFL test first
time. Visit their site today and take
time to practice!
TOEFL Top Test-Taking Tips
Review key concepts. Do not frantically
try to memorize new material.
Know the exam location precisely
- how long it takes to get there,
where to park, the building and room,
where you can eat during the break
and assure returning in time, etc.
A late arrival can lead to panic and
unnerve you for a portion of the test.
Try to relax the evening before
the test. Attempting to learn anything
new may end up confusing what you
already know. If you feel it necessary
to study, make this a light review.
Get a good night's rest.
Wake up early enough that you dont
have to rush, have time to eat breakfast,
and can get to the test center a few
Wear whatever you feel most comfortable
studying or testing in. Layers are
a good idea - you never know how hot
or cold the room might be.
Finally, do the best you can, keeping
in mind that acceptance into a North
American school depends on other factors
in addition to your TOEFL score. You
want to put together the best package
deal as possible.
Since 1964 nearly 20 million students
have taken the TOEFL test in more
than 165 countries. Over 4,500 institutions
worldwide use scores from TOEFL tests.
In September 2005, the next generation
of the TOEFL will be introduced (http://www.ets.org/news/03022501.html)
TOEFL and TSE Representatives in
World Educational Services (WES)
Suite 203 Kassam Court