SOURCE: ETS

ETS

February 17, 2011 13:33 ET

New TOEFL® Journey™ Program Makes Exploring Study Abroad Options Easier Than Ever for Students

Online, Interactive Resource Provides a Wealth of Important and Timely Information

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) - Educational Testing Service (ETS), the creator of the TOEFL® test, announced today the launch of the TOEFL Journey™ program, a new online platform to assist English language learners as they plan to take the TOEFL test and begin their study abroad journey. Available through the TOEFL Go Anywhere website, the interactive program offers students a wealth of useful information, online tools, and study tips as they begin to explore study abroad destinations at the more than 7,500 institutions around the world that accept the TOEFL test.

The TOEFL Journey program creates a personalized home page for each student based on their expressed study abroad interests and identified stage within the planning process. The TOEFL Journey page assists students in organizing pertinent information such as their upcoming TOEFL test date and their top university selection, as well as providing access to a wide spectrum of resources ranging from helpful hints for living in a foreign country, to a comprehensive listing of student visa requirements and available scholarship opportunities.

Through the use of tailored text messages and e-mail alerts, students benefit from timely information to ease the study abroad planning experience.

"The TOEFL Journey program is a ground-breaking tool in the field to connect students with relevant and timely information to make well-informed decisions regarding their educational aspirations," commented Xiaofei Tang, TOEFL Brand Director. "The user-friendly site navigation and engaging interface, coupled with the integration of mobile and e-mail messaging, offers students a first-class toolkit to meet their study abroad goals."

The TOEFL Journey program is available free-of-charge and can be accessed at www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.org. An overview of the tool illustrating its functionality is available at www.toeflgoanywhere.org/TOEFLJourneyOverview.pdf. Online demonstrations of the tool are available for members of the media upon request. In the upcoming months, the program will also be available on the TOEFL Go Anywhere websites in Chinese and Korean.

About the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English language assessment in the world, recognized by more than 7,500 colleges and universities in more than 130 countries. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing sites in 165 countries. To date, more than 25 million students around the world have taken the TOEFL test.

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.

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