SOURCE: ETS

ETS

July 13, 2010 12:15 ET

ETS Announces Big Savings for Test Takers With TOEFL® Value Packs

TOEFL Study Prep Now Available at Significantly Reduced Rates

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Educational Testing Service (ETS), the creator of the TOEFL® test, announced the launch of three TOEFL Value Packs. The new Value Packs offer test takers significant price reductions on popular TOEFL® preparation and skill-building resources and can be purchased during registration for the TOEFL iBT™ test.

In addition to including well-known test-prep resources like The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test and TOEFL® Practice Online, the Value Packs are the only way to purchase the new Engaging English™ service, an innovative online service created by MetaMetrics® that individualizes daily reading practice. The Engaging English™ service supports targeted reading by recommending web articles based on a user's English reading ability and personal interests. The service is unique in that it utilizes Lexile® measures, scores for matching readers with texts, to help English language learners set their own reading goals and monitor their progress.

The three TOEFL Value Packs include:

  • Value Pack Premium
    This pack is offered to test takers for $199, a savings of 35%, and includes:
    • The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test, Third Edition, the best-selling test-prep book from ETS, containing two full-length tests and helpful study tips
    • TOEFL® Practice Online Complete Practice Test, an authentic TOEFL iBT test that simulates the testing experience and provides instant feedback
    • Engaging English service (six-month subscription)
    • Eight additional TOEFL iBT test score reports sent to the college or university of your choice
    • $35 discount on a future TOEFL iBT test registration
  • Value Pack Plus
    This pack is offered to test takers for $99, a savings of 30%, and includes:
    • The Official Guide to the TOEFL ®Test
    • TOEFL® Practice Online Complete Practice Test
    • Engaging English service (six-month subscription)
  • Value Pack Prep
    This pack is offered to test takers for $64, a savings of 20%, and includes:
    • The Official Guide to the TOEFL ®Test 
    • TOEFL® Practice Online Complete Practice Test

"The newly released TOEFL Value Packs make TOEFL materials more affordable and accessible to test takers worldwide. The Value Packs offer English language learners innovative ways to practice, monitor their progress, and strengthen their skills needed to succeed on the TOEFL test," commented Philip Tabbiner, Ph.D., President, ETS Global. "The featured tools provide concrete, interactive experiences that allow test takers to benefit from sample test questions developed by ETS, experience the online testing process as they would on test day, and receive objective feedback on their performance."

More information on the TOEFL Value Packs is available at http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/valuepacks.

About the TOEFL Test
For more than 45 years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely accepted English language proficiency assessment worldwide. Currently, more than 7,500 colleges and universities accept the TOEFL test in more than 130 countries. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing centers in 165 countries.

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® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries. www.ets.org

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics®, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary instructional technologies that enable individuals to attain their learning goals. The organization created the widely adopted Lexile® measure, the standard for matching readers with texts. Lexile measures help learners of all ages strengthen their English reading skills by connecting them with reading materials that provide the right level of challenge for their abilities and goals.

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