This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
The TOEFL is an important test for non-native English speakers who want to
attend an American college or university. TOEFL is the Test of English as a
Foreign Language. And it is the subject this week in our Foreign Student Series.
The Educational Testing Service is moving to end the use of the
paper-and-pencil version of the TOEFL. And on September 30 ETS stopped
offering its existing computer test. The new version is called the TOEFL iBT, or Internet-Based Test.
The TOEFL iBT has been used since 2005 at testing centers in the United
States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico. In March of this year,
it was expanded to other countries in Europe and to Africa, Eurasia, the Middle
East and Latin America.
The charge for the TOEFL iBT is different in each country. Until the TOEFL
iBT is offered in a country, the pencil-and-paper test will continue to be used.
The TOEFL measures the ability to read, write and understand English. The new
test represents about ten years of work by ETS. The testing service redesigned
it to measure not just knowledge of the language, but the ability to communicate
in English. The four-hour test now includes a speaking part, in addition to
reading, writing and listening.
Each part of the test is worth a possible thirty points. So the highest score
on the TOEFL is one hundred twenty points.
Different colleges and universities require different minimum scores on the
TOEFL. So be sure to find out the score requirements of the schools that
Experts say the best way to prepare for the TOEFL is to use English as much
as you can. The TOEFL Web site offers advice to help you prepare. The address is
More than 6,000 schools and agencies in 110 countries use the
TOEFL. But students who have already earned degrees from colleges in
English-speaking countries may not be required to take it.
And recently we received an e-mail asking if another English test can be used
instead of the TOEFL when applying to American schools. Listen next week for the
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. This is the tenth week of our Foreign Student Series. You can find
the earlier reports, including transcripts and MP3 files, at voaspecialenglish.
I'm Steve Ember.
TOEFEL iBT: 托福网考