(January 27, 2011) - ETS Reports Largest TOEFL iBT™ Administration in History
Princeton, N.J January 27, 2011)
Educational Testing Service (ETS), the creator of the TOEFL® test, has announced that the largest TOEFL iBT® administration in its more than 45-year history took place December 10 -12th. The number of international test takers surpassed the previous administration record by 8 percent, including large numbers in China, India, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. To date, more than 25 million students have taken the TOEFL test.
administration and the overall number of TOEFL test takers on the rise is
attributed to the growing number of students studying abroad and the increased
recognition of the TOEFL test, the most widely accepted English language
assessment worldwide. The TOEFL test is used by more than 7,500 colleges and
universities, including the most prestigious institutions listed in U.S. News &
World Report's "Best Colleges 2011" (U.S.), the Russell Group (U.K.), and the
Group of Eight (Australia).
record-setting TOEFL iBT administration represents a growing and diverse pool of
international test takers eager to pursue their educational aspirations,"
commented Teresa Sanchez-Lazer, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program. "With
TOEFL testing sites in more than 165 countries, we are pleased to make the
testing process accessible and more convenient to students around the world."
The TOEFL test
measures a student's ability to use and understand English at the university
level and evaluates how a student combines reading, speaking, listening, and
writing skills needed to succeed in an academic setting. Students can take the
TOEFL test at more than 4,500 testing sites globally and can benefit from the
various free-of-charge study resources offered by ETS, including the TOEFL Go
Anywhere website available in English, Chinese, and Korean and the "Welcome to
the TOEFL iBT Testing Site" video.