International students hoping to attend foreign universities typically need to take an English-language proficiency exam as part of the application process. Many students get confused about which test they should take. Here are six important characteristics of the TOEFL iBT® that you should consider before deciding.
The TOEFL iBT test is almost like a passport. It's accepted by over 9,000 institutions in 130 different countries, including the top 100 universities in the US. The TOEFL iBT is more widely accepted and trusted than any other assessment.
Demonstrates you have the English skills to succeed
TOEFL iBT measures skills relevant to the demands international students face. Questions are 100% academic and replicate real classroom situations. For that reason, many universities consider it the most appropriate test to use when making admissions decisions.
Fair and unbiased
TOEFL iBT has a reputation for quality and fairness. All students have similar test-taking experience, and scores are checked anonymously by ETS-certified experts.
Scores speaking tests more fairly
While other speaking tests are judged by one person, TOEFL iBT’s speaking responses are scored by multiple trained raters. How does it work? It's simple. Instead of an in-person interview with a rater from a local testing site, the TOEFL® test asks you to speak 6 times into a microphone. Your responses are recorded, saved, and scored by several ETS raters. With other tests, your interviewer’s mood can impact your score. If he or she has a bad day, you could earn a score you lower than you deserve. TOEFL’s multiple-rater grading system gives you more opportunities to get a fair evaluation and ensures that your score is reliable.
Feedback in a Flash
You can view your scores online 15 working days after you test, and receive useful feedback on how to improve your skills.
Excellent Preparation Materials
ETS offers a broad array of free resources and official test preparation materials to help you prepare for test day. The TOEFL iBT® Online Prep Course was designed by the creators of the TOEFL iBT test, so you know it’s a reliable way to study.