About the program

The Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL®) is designed to assess English language skills of non-native speakers. Designed to be taken on the Internet, the TOEFL® iBT emphasizes integrated communication skills and communicative competence.

Educational Testing Services (ETS), developers of the TOEFL® iBT, have a cooperative agreement with ELS that allows students to take the official TOEFL® test at any ELS Language Center (except Santa Rosa) throughout the US.

Who should take it?

Students planning to pursue their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
International students who wish to pursue undergraduate study at an American college or university have the option of taking the TOEFL® iBT. In some instances, the institution will waive the TOEFL® iBT if a student has completed Level 112 of ELS’ English for Academic Purposes program. If the institution does not waive the TOEFL® iBT, the student must attain a certain minimum score on the exam in order to gain acceptance to the college or university. Students should check with the institution to find out what minimum score it requires on the TOEFL® iBT.

Students planning to pursue their Master’s degree or Doctorate
International students who wish to pursue graduate study at an American college or university can take the TOEFL® iBT. Most graduate schools require a minimum score on the TOEFL® iBT as well as the Graduate Record Examination® (GRE®) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT®). Students may take ELS test prep programs for the GRE® or the GMAT® at Level 110 and higher—or if they meet other requirements. To learn more about entry requirements for either test prep program, click the links for each test.

Business Students
Students entering the Business English Program must attain a minimum score on the TOEFL® iBT, TOEIC®, or IELTS™ exams, or achieve an advanced level on the ELS Pre-Arrival Test.

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