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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A Good Example for E-Testing


What is the TOEFL Test?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL) 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 Internet-based test 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.  TOEFL 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 takes 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.


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 computer-based testing or Internet-based testing is limited, a paper-based version of the test is administered on specific dates.  The paper-based TOEFL test is generally offered at institutional locations such as colleges and universities.


Who Accepts TOEFL Scores?

More than 5,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 90 countries accept TOEFL scores.