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May 27, 2005 14:15 ET

ETS Offers Free TOEFL iBT Practice Test in July 2005

PRINCETON, N.J.--(CCNMatthews - May 27, 2005) -

ETS will offer a free practice test for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language™ (TOEFL iBT) to coincide with the beginning of registration for the new test on July 25, 2005.

The new TOEFL Internet-based test will begin September 24 in the United States. In October, the test will be offered in Canada, France, Germany and Italy, and will be administered worldwide in 2006.

Students will be able to access the TOEFL iBT practice test through the TOEFL Practice Online community, http://www.ets.org/toeflpractice. Besides access to the practice test, TOEFL Practice Online member benefits include access to:

-- Speaking sample questions and responses

-- Listening and Reading practice questions

-- discussion boards and daily study tips

-- the ETS/Hobsons online student community, a one-stop shop for information on studying in English-speaking countries (coming October 2005)

The free TOEFL iBT practice test is designed to help test takers become familiar and comfortable with the new test format. The practice test will present authentic questions and allow simulation of actual TOEFL iBT testing conditions.

The practice test includes the Reading, Listening and Writing sections of the new test, and test takers will receive instant feedback. The Speaking section is administered separately for a fee, and test takers will get feedback in about five days.

"Offering a free, online TOEFL iBT practice test reflects ETS's commitment to the success of our test takers and score users," explains Mari Pearlman, Senior Vice President of ETS's Higher Education Division. "Students can practice each language skill so that they can feel more confident about their ability to communicate with teachers, counselors, and other students. The practice test is just one example of a variety of print and online resources designed to keep everyone up-to-date about the new test."

About the TOEFL iBT

The new TOEFL test is a breakthrough in testing that emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information about test takers' ability to communicate in an academic setting. To succeed in an academic environment in which English is the language of instruction, students need to not only understand English, but also to communicate effectively. ETS's new TOEFL test will help individuals demonstrate the English skills needed for success. This TOEFL test will help institutions make better decisions about prospective students' academic readiness for academic coursework. It will also impact the teaching and learning of English worldwide. The new TOEFL test will be delivered via the Internet. Internet-based testing (iBT) allows ETS to capture speech and score responses in a standardized and fair manner. It will also make it possible to greatly expand test center access. Additional information may be found at http://www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen/.

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. Additional information is available at http://www.ets.org.

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