(May 18, 2011) - Recognition of the TOEFL® Test Exceeds 8,000 Institutions Globally and Continues to Grow
Princeton, N.J (May 18, 2011)
Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced today that the number of institutions accepting the TOEFL® test to evaluate English language proficiency for non-native speakers has surpassed 8,000 worldwide (PDF).
The TOEFL test is
the most widely recognized English language assessment worldwide used for
admissions purposes, and the number of institutions accepting the test continues
to expand. More than 500 new colleges, universities and agencies have signed on
to use the TOEFL test to evaluate English language abilities for student
University admits many students whose English language proficiency has been
evidenced by the TOEFL test," commented Katherine Hind, Senior Undergraduate
Admissions Manager, Newcastle University. "We are confident that TOEFL scores
provide us with a measure of language ability that we can rely upon, and
accepting TOEFL scores enables us to reach a wider market."
For more than 45
years, the TOEFL test has been recognized by the most prestigious institutions
around the world, including those in the U.K., Canada, Australia and the U.S.,
to evaluate the ability of non-native speakers to use and understand English and
measure how an individual combines reading, listening, writing and speaking
"The TOEFL test
provides a comprehensive snapshot of a student’s ability to succeed in an
academic environment," said Dr. Mark McKnew, Professor and Interim Director,
Office of International Programs, College of Business and Behavioral Sciences at
Clemson University. "Clemson University relies on the TOEFL test as a critical
tool for evaluating applicants from around the world."
As the number of
institutions accepting the TOEFL test continues to increase, the volume of TOEFL
tests administered internationally is on the rise as well. ETS reported a 10%
increase in global test volumes for 2010 compared to 2009.
the benefits of the TOEFL test and the convenience of only having to take one
English language assessment that is accepted in more than 130 countries," said
David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS’s Global Division.
"The TOEFL test serves as an international passport offering students the
opportunity to meet their educational aspirations and study at nearly any
institution around the world."