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TOEFL® Portfolio: Providing innovative solutions for diverse candidate needs By Srikant Gopal


India is still one of the largest source countries for international students to study abroad. And each year, these students take English tests, a crucial part of college admissions and visa processes, with the goal of going abroad for higher education or employment. With an ever-growing interest in international education among Indian students, we also expect an increase in demand for English proficiency testing, especially as things are getting back on track as we come out of the way. pandemic.

As the world’s largest non-profit education research, evaluation and learning organization, our goal has always been to keep the needs of our stakeholders at the forefront of what we do, and to ensure to ensure that our tests are broad, accessible and continue to maintain the confidence of the tests. tenants and institutions around the world. With our research-based offerings, we provide options not only in terms of testing locations (e.g. in person and at home), but also different test formats that students can take (e.g., via computer or on paper), and institutions may accept as valid and reliable demonstrations of English language proficiency. In our quest to meet the dynamic demands of the education sector, we have constantly worked on the big issues TOEFL® portfolio of trials. These include the TOEFL iBT® test – offered at a test center, at home via TOEFL iBT® Home and print edition via TOEFL iBT® Print edition – and our latest offering, the TOEFL® Essentials â„¢ test.

The TOEFL iBT test is the most widely accepted English test trusted by more than 11,500 universities and other institutions in more than 160 countries around the world. A student can choose to take the TOEFL iBT test at any of the 120 authorized test centers across India. The test measures the four English skills – reading, listening, speaking and writing – as they are used in a classroom. The content is representative of what any student will experience in educational institutions abroad while strongly predicting the language proficiency that students need to progress and be successful in an academic environment.

As industry pioneers, we were the first to recognize the challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver an innovative solution – the TOEFL iBT Home Edition – to meet the needs of applicants and institutions that rely on tests like the TOEFL iBT test for high stakes decisions. This is the same TOEFL iBT test – in terms of format, content, on-screen experience, scoring, and pricing – that was just delivered from the safety and comfort of students’ homes in very specific and rigorous security conditions. Throughout the test, a live online human monitor ensures that security is maintained and is assisted by several cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies, providing equally valid and reliable scores to the traditional version of the test center.

To further strengthen the TOEFL iBT portfolio, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition was introduced in October 2021, with superior candidate-oriented features to provide the best possible testing experience. This is the same TOEFL iBT four-skill test, just delivered in a different format over two sessions. During the first session, candidates will take the reading, listening and writing on paper sections at an ETS authorized test center, followed by the speaking section in a separate second session in the comfort of their home, with a human online supervisor, within three days. In addition to this, applicants can send unlimited score reports for free, which will automatically include MyBest® scores, the combination of the highest section scores from all valid TOEFL iBT tests over a two-year period.

As a reminder, there is now Three ways to take the world-renowned TOEFL iBT test, with immense benefits for candidates regardless of which option they choose.

Along with the flagship TOEFL iBT test, the TOEFL® The program also accelerated the development schedule for a unique, innovative and one-of-a-kind product – the TOEFL® Essentials â„¢ test – a versatile home English test that offers a unique combination of quality institutions demanded with student-friendly features, affordability, and accessibility that students value and need. Questions are quick and dynamic, and the test features an adaptive, multi-step format that effectively measures language skills by matching test content to test takers’ abilities. Thousands of students from more than 150 countries, including India, have already taken the test, which by the end of November 2021 was accepted by more than 230 college and university programs around the world, a number that is steadily increasing.

While we offer various products to meet the different needs of our candidates, we also place great importance on our stakeholders – agents, influencers and institutions – in India and globally. With our agent outreach programs, we try to reach as many agents as possible to not only enhance their knowledge and expertise regarding the high-stakes TOEFL test portfolio, but also to help them guide and mentor students and candidates with vital elements. information to help them broaden their options and study abroad pathways.

In our efforts to expand our operations and build strong relationships with education officers to ensure easy access and timeline for the TOEFL test, we recently hosted a conference in three cities Market Ambassador awareness-raising event, organized from September 8 to October 1, 2021.

TOEFL® Portfolio: Providing innovative solutions for diverse candidate needs By Srikant Gopal

At the inaugural event in Ahmedabad, Michelle Hampton, TOEFL Institutional Relations Director of the ETS office in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, hosted more than 70 study abroad consultants and companies from across the country. ‘State. During the second event in Chandigarh, special guest Vishal Batra, brother of Paramveer Chakra recipient, the late Captain Vikram Batra, addressed over 200 attendees. Last but not least, the final event took place in Hyderabad and brought together over 150 participants from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. David Moyer, Public Relations Specialist, US Consulate in Hyderabad and Dr Kumar, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, were the guests of honor. The star attraction of the event was Nabha Natesh, a famous Telegu film actress who spoke about her student life and career and shared some tips for aspiring students.

TOEFL® Portfolio: Providing innovative solutions for diverse candidate needs By Srikant Gopal

These events have been organized to create a knowledge-sharing platform to share vital information with officers who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of students who aspire to go abroad for higher education.

TOEFL® Portfolio: Providing innovative solutions for diverse candidate needs By Srikant Gopal

The TOEFL program is committed to strengthening ETS’s relationship in the country, particularly with the recent establishment of our ETS office in India, and focusing on providing high quality English test options to candidates in India and institutions around the world.

For more information on the TOEFL, visit https://toefltest.in.