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 (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.*
Nonnative English speakers need to take the TOEFL in order to provide evidence of their level of English knowledge as a prerequisite for entering academic institutions where English is used or required. The TOEFL is usually taken by students at 11th grade or above.
In some cases, institutions may not require TOEFL test score from 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 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. *
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.*