TOEFL Exam, a passport to English-speaking universities?
TOEFL Exam developed and administered by ETS (Educational Testing Service), a nonprofit educational organization, is a computer based online test created for assessing English language skills test takers will need in their studies. International students who do not speak English as their first language or mother tongue and are intended to be enrolled by universities and institutions located in English-speaking countries, such as United States, Canada are required to attend TOEFL Exam to present their competency to communicate effectively and clearly and deliver their ideas in academic writing in a well-organized and logical manner. In addition, for United Kingdom, TOEFL Exam test scores are accepted well for Tier 4 student visas if following conditions are met:
· the chosen UK university accepts the TOEFL exam scores for admission;
· the applicant’s course of study will be at degree level or higher;
· the applicant meets the TOEFL exam score requirement for university entry and his or her course of study;
· the applicant meets the TOEFL exam scores at the B2 level set by the Home Office for immigration.
TOEFL exam scores can also be used in Australia to satisfy the required language component for student, post-study, skilled migration and business visas.
As a standardized test TOEFL Exam is considered the most widely recognized English-language test in the world, respected by more than 9,000 colleges, universities, agencies and institutions in more than 130 countries besides Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States. It combines four skill sections in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing to demonstrate a valid and reliable test structure together with unbiased and objective scoring system. It gives applicants the opportunity to prove they can comprehend academic materials and conversations and get their own ideas crossed to the recipient by simulating university classroom and campus daily life. The language used in TOEFL Exam reflects real-life English language usage in everyday university situations such as university lectures, classes, dormitories, bookstores and libraries etc.
Why preparing TOEFL Exam?
TOEFL Exam is applicable for a wide range of test takers and is mainly taken by students who are non-English native speakers and are planning and preparing to study and apply for a higher education institution in terms of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs around the world. Australian universities have accepted TOEFL Exam scores for admission for more than 45 years. Since 2011, students from around the world can also use their TOEFL scores as part of their student visa applications, which means they only need to take one test to apply to a university and for a student visa in Australia.Since November 2014, the TOEFL exam scores are also accepted to fulfill the English-language requirements for a range of temporary and permanent visas in Australia, both sponsored and independent, including:Post-study, business, skill migration and work & holiday. TOEFL exam scores will also be accepted for Expressions of Interest through the SkillSelect system, which means that Australian businesses will have access to a greater pool of potential employees whose English has been tested against an established global standard.Immigration departments, medical and licensing agencies and other organizations around the world require TOEFL Exam scores to issue residential and work visas,professional certification. Scholarship and certification candidates and applicants for English-language learning program admissions and exit can also use TOEFL Exam scores as validated entrance permit.
Is TOEFL Exam really crucial for international mobility?
Currently, one out of five of the international students in the world is from either China or India, and more than 700,000 tertiary-level students are enrolled in a high educational system outside their home country. In US alone, these two countries contributed for 84% of all increase in international students’ enrollment between 2001 and 2010, and the Chinese students are still increasing at a remarkable rate. The most commonly cited reasons for increased mobility among Chinese students are for high-quality education and concerned for better living conditions such as better environment and welfare system. TOEFL Exam helps to measure students’ ability to confirm that they have the required English language skills to succeed in academic environments as well as daily life. It generates a full range of testing in reading, listening, speaking and writing to make sure that they can comprehend main idea of the topic, realize topic change and speaker’s attitude,degree of certainty or function of purpose, summarize and paraphrase if necessary, make connections among pieces of information and integrate them and make inference from what is implied in the passage. By preparing for TOEFL Exam, applicants will build the skills they need to succeed in an academic setting and go anywhere in their careers and in life.