Benefits of TOEFL Certification
Test of English as a Foreign Langue (TOEFL) is a standardized test of English langue proficiency for non-native English langue speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-langue tests in the world, the other being the IELTS. It is a trademark of ETS (Educational Testing Service), a private non-profit organization, which designs and administers the tests globally.
TOEFL acceptance in US College Admission process
Most colleges use TOEFL scores as only one factor in their admission process, with a college or program within a college often setting a minimum TOEFL score required. A sampling of required TOEFL admissions scores shows that a total TOEFL iBT score of 74.2 for undergraduate admissions and 82.6 for graduate admissions may be required.
Since its introduction in late 2005, the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) format has progressively replaced the computer-based tests (CBT) and paper-based tests (PBT), although paper-based testing is still used in select areas. The TOEFL iBT test has been introduced in phases, with the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy in 2005 and the rest of the world in 2006, with test centers added regularly. ETS has released tables to convert between iBT, CBT and PBT scores.
TOEFL global availability
Initially, the demand for test seats was higher than availability, and candidates had to wait for months. It is now possible to take the test within one to four weeks in most countries. The four-hour test consists of four sections, each measuring one of the basic langue skills (while some tasks require integrating multiple skills), and all tasks focus on langue used in an academic, higher-education environment. Note-taking is allowed during the TOEFL iBT test. The test cannot be taken more than once every 12 days.