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World's Internet based TOEFL launched

22 October 2005, 15:00

ETS is a nonprofit institution specializing on the development of valid educational assessments launched the first Internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL(R) iBT).

ETS is a nonprofit institution specializing on the development of valid educational assestments launched the first Internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL(R) iBT).

This newest vresion is the English proficiency test designed to assess English-language skills in academic settings over the Internet. The test is recognized by more than 5,200 colleges and universities worldwide, and is widely known as the leading academic English assessment.

The new test stresses integrated communications skills and communicative competence. ETS created such enhancements as a new speaking section at the request of educators and admissions officials who worked closely with developers of this assestment.

The changes are expected to have a great impact on how English is taught. Since it was introduced in 1964, the TOEFL test has dramatically increased in stature among students and institutions worldwide. More than 17.5 million people have taken the TOEFL test, including nearly 750,000 last year alone.

Unlike other English-proficiency tests, TOEFL iBT does not treat the English-communication process as consisting of separate tasks. The test measures all four language skills and, most importantly, it uses an integrated-skills approach.

Test takers are allowed up to four hours to complete the test, and all sections can be completed on the same day, adding a new level of convenience for test takers.

The anticipated introduction of the Internet-based the TOEFL iBT in Europe is scheduled for October 2005 : in France, Italy and Germany. Introduction in Russia is appointed for March 2006.

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