May 18, 2011 08:00 ET

Recognition of the TOEFL® Test Exceeds 8,000 Institutions Globally and Continues to Grow

TOEFL Test Serves as Passport Connecting Students and Institutions Around the World

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced today that the number of institutions accepting the TOEFL® test to evaluate English language proficiency for non-native speakers has surpassed 8,000 worldwide.

The TOEFL test is the most widely recognized English language assessment worldwide used for admissions purposes, and the number of institutions accepting the test continues to expand. More than 500 new colleges, universities and agencies have signed on to use the TOEFL test to evaluate English language abilities for student applicants.

"Newcastle University admits many students whose English language proficiency has been evidenced by the TOEFL test," commented Katherine Hind, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Manager, Newcastle University. "We are confident that TOEFL scores provide us with a measure of language ability that we can rely upon, and accepting TOEFL scores enables us to reach a wider market."

For more than 45 years, the TOEFL test has been recognized by the most prestigious institutions around the world, including those in the U.K., Canada, Australia and the U.S., to evaluate the ability of non-native speakers to use and understand English and measure how an individual combines reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.

"The TOEFL test provides a comprehensive snapshot of a student's ability to succeed in an academic environment," said Dr. Mark McKnew, Professor and Interim Director, Office of International Programs, College of Business and Behavioral Sciences at Clemson University. "Clemson University relies on the TOEFL test as a critical tool for evaluating applicants from around the world."

As the number of institutions accepting the TOEFL test continues to increase, the volume of TOEFL tests administered internationally is on the rise as well. ETS reported a 10% increase in global test volumes for 2010 compared to 2009.

"Students recognize the benefits of the TOEFL test and the convenience of only having to take one English language assessment that is accepted in more than 130 countries," said David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division. "The TOEFL test serves as an international passport offering students the opportunity to meet their educational aspirations and study at nearly any institution around the world."

The TOEFL® Go Anywhere website offers students numerous free resources, including the TOEFLJourney™ program, to help students prepare for the TOEFL test. Prospective test takers are invited to view the video, The TOEFL Test: Your Passport to the World for more information.

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, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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