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Princeton, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2018) — ETS, the maker of the TOEFL® test, reaffirms today its commitment to helping students pursue their dreams of studying abroad by opening the only free, official online TOEFL prep course. The six-week course is available to all at www.edx.org and is offered on a continuous basis so that participants can join at any time and move through the content at their own pace.
For millions of people around the world, the TOEFL test has helped them achieve their dreams of university study, skilled migration, employment, scholarships, visas and more. More than 10,000 universities, agencies, institutions and organizations worldwide — including in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom — accept TOEFL scores. And 90 percent of TOEFL test takers surveyed have been accepted into their first- or second-choice university.
“The opportunity to pursue one’s dreams is a human right, and ETS believes that all people should have access to coursework, tools and resources to be successful,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the ETS TOEFL Program. “This free, online course is intended to further assist participants in improving their English-language skills and understanding the ins and outs of the TOEFL test, the world’s most widely respected English-language assessment.
New to the course is an additional speaking skill-building activity through which participants can converse with an automated “person” to practice scenarios that a typical university student might encounter, such as ordering coffee at a café, setting up a study session with a fellow student and interviewing with a career counselor.
“The doors of opportunity open wide for students who study abroad at universities where English is the language of instruction, and this course provides them with a convenient and pressure-free way to prepare themselves for success,” Brown added.
The course, called “TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide,” is set up like a global classroom, in that it is highly interactive, provides access to world-class instructors who actually work on the TOEFL test, and facilitates conversation among instructors and learners from around the world. In this collaborative environment, participants can create study groups and share personal tips about learning English and preparing to study abroad.
Through the course, participants will learn everything they need to know about preparing for the TOEFL test, including advice regarding how to brush up on each of the four tested skills — Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing — test structure, study tips and test-day information. During the weeks covering the Speaking and Writing sections, all learners who complete the practice questions can have their responses scored by an automated scoring engine and receive a scaled score range for their performance.
The TOEFL course on edX.org has drawn more than 625,000 participants from more than 200 countries and is highly rated — earning 4.5 out of 5 stars. Enroll at http://bit.ly/2tws7d5.
About the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test of academic English is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL Go Anywhere website at www.toeflgoanywhere.org.
At 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 postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit 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 10,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org