The TOEFL® Test

The TOEFL® Test Gives You an Advantage: Most Widely Accepted, Most Popular and Most Preferred

Give yourself the advantage with the TOEFL®test, the leading English-language test for study, immigration and work. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., the United States, and all across Europe and Asia. Stand out among other applicants and get noticed with the TOEFL test.

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About the TOEFL iBT® Test

The TOEFL iBT® test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

Why Take the TOEFL® Test?

Compared to other English-language tests, the TOEFL® test includes a number of advantages that help you stand out from other applicants.

More Popular With Students

More TOEFL scores are sent to U.S. and Canadian universities than all other English-language tests combined.1

More TOEFL scores are sent to German and French universities than any other English-language tests.1

More Preferred by Universities

The TOEFL test is the English-language test most preferred by universities in the United States, France and Germany, and by graduate programs in Canada.1

Makes Dreams Come True

90% of TOEFL test takers surveyed got into their 1st or 2nd choice university.2

Better for Success in the Classroom

Only the TOEFL test prepares you for the academic English requirements of a university. Test questions combine reading, listening, speaking and writing skills just as in an academic classroom. Studying for the TOEFL test helps ensure you arrive at university better prepared than others who have not taken the TOEFL test.

100% Fair and Unbiased Scoring

There are no unfair TOEFL test centers, because tests aren’t scored there. Tests are only scored through a centralized scoring network. The crucial Speaking section uses multiple human raters who do not know test takers’ identities. This prevents the bias that can occur in other tests that use a face-to-face interview with a single rater.

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

✓ More than 35 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

✓ Students planning to study at a higher education institution

✓ English-language learning program admissions and exit

✓ Scholarship and certification candidates

✓ English-language learners who want to track their progress

✓ Students and workers applying for visas

Who Accepts TOEFL® Scores?

More than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries accept TOEFL® scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:

✓ Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas.

✓ Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes.

✓ Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English.

Institutions that Accept TOEFL Scores

Use the TOEFL® Destination Search to find institutions that accept the TOEFL test and their score requirements. The TOEFL test is:

Preferred in the United States. 9 out of 10 U.S. universities prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests1, and U.S. universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined.2

More popular in Canada. More than 80% of graduate programs in Canada prefer the TOEFL test over other English-language tests.3 Canadian universities receive more TOEFL scores than all other English-language tests combined.4

100% accepted in Australia and New Zealand. TOEFL scores are accepted by all Australian and New Zealand universities and for all Australian and New Zealand immigration.

Preferred in France and Germany. French and German universities prefer the TOEFL test and receive more TOEFL scores than any other English-language test.5

Widely accepted in the U.K. More than 98% of universities in the U.K. accept TOEFL scores, including 100% of the elite Russell Group universities, providing a fair and unbiased alternative.

Visa Requirements

✓ For Australia, TOEFL iBT® test scores can be used to satisfy the required language component for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas. Please visit Australian Visas for more information.

✓ For the U.K., TOEFL iBT test scores are accepted for Tier 4 student visas under certain conditions. Please visit U.K. Visas for more information.

✓ For New Zealand, TOEFL iBT test scores can be used to prove English-language proficiency for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. Applicants need a total score of 79 or more from a test taken within 2 years prior to their application date. Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.

1 Source: Survey of 59 admissions officers at the top 100 U.S. universities who accept both the TOEFL test and the IELTS™ test and who expressed a preference.
2 Source: Survey of 329 admissions officers at U.S. universities.
3 Source: Survey of 44 graduate admissions officers at Canadian universities.
4 Source: Survey of 107 admissions officers at Canadian universities.
5 Sources: Surveys of university admissions officers (59 in France and 100 in Germany).



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