SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

October 27, 2009 10:22 ET

Number of Institutions Accepting the TOEFL® Test Surpasses 7,300 Globally

World's Most Widely Recognized English Assessment Continues to Expand Its Reach

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced today that more than 7,300 institutions worldwide are currently accepting the TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language™) test to assess English-language proficiency for both undergraduate and graduate applicants.

Of the record number of educational institutions accepting the TOEFL test, approximately 5,175 are located in the United States and Canada, 1,000 in continental Europe, 200 in the United Kingdom, 600 in Asia, 100 in Australia and New Zealand, with the majority of the remaining institutions located in Africa and the Middle East. A list of more than 7,300 institutions in 130 countries currently using TOEFL scores can be found in the TOEFL Destinations directory. Within the last year alone, an additional 383 institutions have become TOEFL score users and the number of institutions signing on to use TOEFL scores continues to increase at a fast pace.

In response to the growing demand for the TOEFL test by colleges and universities, ETS has increased the number of test administration sites to allow greater access and flexibility for test takers. Currently, there are more than 4,500 test administration sites globally.

"As the number of institutions accepting the TOEFL test continues to increase, ETS is pleased to accommodate the needs of international students by opening additional testing centers globally," commented Teresa Sanchez-Lazer, Executive Director of TOEFL product management. "It is our ongoing goal to continue to make the testing process more efficient and user-friendly for students."

Worldwide, nearly a million students register for the TOEFL test annually. Recognized as the industry leader, the TOEFL test has been accepted by the top ranking universities around the world for the last 45 years.

"Throughout my 33 years of working in international admissions, The University of Texas at Austin has depended on the TOEFL test to provide an accurate assessment of candidates' abilities to communicate and to succeed in the classroom," said Robert Watkins, Assistant Director of Admissions at The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration details, visit the TOEFL web portal.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.

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