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									TOEFL INFORMATION SHEET FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS *

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test developed by the Educational
Testing Service (ETS) that evaluates English proficiency of individuals whose native language is
not English. TOEFL scores are required by more than 4,400 colleges and universities worldwide for
purposes of student admission. In addition, government agencies, scholarship programs, and
licensing/certification agencies also use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

At present, the test can be taken in two formats: computer-based and paper-based. The computer-
base test is offered in most parts of the world. Where it is unavailable, the paper-based version is
administered. At the Prometric Testing Center located at the Ateneo Professional Schools,
Salcedo Makati City, Philippines, ONLY the computer-based version is administered.

The Computer-Based Test (CBT)

The computer-based TOEFL is offered year-round at institutional sites such as colleges and
universities and at testing centers in partnership with Prometric, a division of Thompson Learning.

The computer-based TOEFL has 4 sections:

          Listening measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in North America.
           This section tests comprehension of main ideas, supporting ideas, important details, and
           inferences.

          Structure measures the ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard
           written English. The language test is formal, rather than conversational.

          Reading measures the ability to understand short passages similar in topic and style to
           academic texts used in North American colleges and universities.

          Writing measures the ability to write in English on an assigned topic. An essay must be
           composed in order to receive a total score.

Advantages of taking the computer-based test (CBT):

     Convenient and efficient
       Students can be tested throughout the entire year.
       Examinees can schedule testing a few days before the test.
       Test results are immediate.




     Secure

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    Source: The TOEFL Information Bulletin, www.toefl.org, and www.acess.org.ph.
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      Test booklets and answer sheets are eliminated.
      No disks are used at individual workstations, eliminating the possibility of tampering or
       computer viruses. All testing information is retained in secure computer storage.
      All tests are continuously proctored by Prometric Testing Center staff.

    Accurate
      Computer-based assessment offers a diverse range of question types, such as real-life
        simulations, voice-activated responses, and split-screens.
      Computer-based assessment can match questions to the ability of the test-taker.

    Conducive to students’ best performance
      Self-paced tutorials ensure that even those without computer experience will know how to
        take the test.
      Private, modular workstations provide comfortable seating, lighting, and ventilation, and
        eliminate distraction.
      High-clarity screen displays are used to minimize eye strain.

The Paper-Based Test

          The paper-based TOEFL is offered five or six times a year in specific locations throughout
           the world. In the Philippines, it is NOT available in Metro Manila. In Cambodia, East
           Timor, Myanmar, the People's Republic of China, and Vietnam, ONLY the paper-
           based version of the TOEFL test is administered. The test has 3 sections:
          Listening Comprehension measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in
           North America.

          Structure and Written Expression measures ability to recognize language that is
           appropriate for standard written English.

          Reading Comprehension measures ability to understand non-technical reading matter.

In addition, the TWE (Test of Written English) is a writing test that is required of everyone taking
the paper-based test. A short essay on the one topic indicated in the TWE test book is written to
demonstrate ability to write in English. This includes the ability to generate and organize ideas, to
support those ideas with examples or evidence, and to compose in standard written English in
response to an assigned topic. No special knowledge of the topic is needed. There is no separate
fee for the TWE.
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Procedure: How to take the TOEFL and obtain a TOEFL score

Step 1. Download a copy of the TOEFL Information Bulletin at www.toefl.org. The
Information Bulletin contains all the information you will need to register and prepare for the TOEFL.
Note that international applicants can opt to take the TOEFL in their respective countries or in the
Philippines. In either case, the desired schedule should be a main factor for consideration, since
paper-based tests are given only 5 or 6 times a year, while the computer-based version is available
the whole year round.

Step 2. Register for the test and pay the testing fee. For the paper-based test, registration can
be done online at www.toefl.org using American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. For
the May 15, 2004 test date, the registration deadline was April 12, 2004. The next testing date is
likely to be scheduled on August 28, 2004 which can be verified at www.toefl.org sometime in July
when ETS releases its 2004-2005 paper-based test dates.

For those who opt to take the computer-based test (CBT), you make an appointment by using a
credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or VISA) and calling the Regional Registration Center
(RRC) for the country in which you plan to take the test. (See the table below.) This must be done
at least 3 days before the desired test date. Upon calling, you will be given an appointment
confirmation number, a test date, reporting time, and test center address. Be sure to note these
down. Refer to the International Test Scheduling Form provided in the bulletin for the information
you will be asked for when you call. Registration may also be done online at www.prometric.com,
or through fax or by mail. In case of registration by mail, the RRC must be able to receive your
registration form at least 3 weeks prior to your first-choice test date together with your payment.

CBT Regional Registration Centers (RRC) *
 Country (where you plan to       Regional Registration Center (RRC) [where you should
 take the test)               register/make an appointment to take the TOEFL-CBT version]
 Bangladesh                   Region 6: Asia    Prometric
 Hong Kong                                      PO Box 12964
 Indonesia                                      50794 Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia                                       Malaysia
 Nepal
 Pakistan                                       Courier Address:
 Philippines                                    Prometric B.V. Branch Office
 Singapore                                      (Co. No 993721-U)
 Thailand                                       Suite 21A-15-1, Faber Imperial Court
                                                Jalan Sultan Ismail
                                                50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                                                        Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM -
                                                        except Holidays
                                                        Registration Phone: 60-3-7628-3333
                                                        Fax: 60-3-7628-3366
                                                        Email: searrc@thomson.com
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 Country (where you plan to       Regional Registration Center (RRC) [where you should
 take the test)                     register/make an appointment to take the TOEFL]
 Korea                        Region 4:         The Korean-American Educational
                                                Commission (KAEC) / Prometric
                                                MPO Box 112
                                                Seoul, 121-600
                                                Republic of Korea

                                                Courier Address:
                                                Korean-American Educational Commission
                                                (KAEC) Prometric
                                                Fulbright Building
                                                168-15 Yomni-dong
                                                Mapo-gu
                                                Seoul 121-874-Republic of Korea

                                                Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM -
                                                except Holidays
                                                Registration Phone: 82-2-3211-1233
                                                Fax: 82-2-3275-4029
                                                Email: CBTKorea@fulbright.or.kr
                                                Web Site: www.etskorea.or.kr

 India                        Region 14         Prometric
                                                Senior Plaza, 3rd floor
                                                160-A Gautam Nagar
                                                Yusuf Sarai:
                                                Behind Indian Oil Building
                                                New Delhi 110049 India

                                                Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM -
                                                except Holidays
                                                Registration Phone: 91-11- 26511649/26531442
                                                Fax: 91-11-26529741/26523266
                                                Email: India.RRC@thomson.com
                                                Web Site: www.prometricindia.com
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 Country (where you plan to                  Regional Registration Center (RRC) [where you should
 take the test)                                register/make an appointment to take the TOEFL]
 Japan                                   Region 3          R-Prometric K.K.
                                                                   Kayabacho Tower 15F
                                                                   1-21-2 Shinkawa, Chuo-ku
                                                                   Tokyo 104-0033 Japan


                                                                   Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM -
                                                                   except Holidays
                                                                   Registration Phone: 81-3-5541-4800
                                                                   Fax: 81-3-5541-4810
                                                                   Web Site: www.prometric-jp.com

 Taiwan                                  Region 10:                The Language Training & Testing Center
                                                                   (LTTC) / Prometric
                                                                   PO Box 23-41
                                                                   Taipei 106
                                                                   Taiwan R.O.C.

                                                                   Courier Address:
                                                                   Center/Prometric
                                                                   170 Hsin-hai Road, Sec. 2
                                                                   Room 106
                                                                   Taipei 106, Taiwan ROC

                                                                   Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM -
                                                                   except Holidays
                                                                   Registration Phone: 886-2-8194-0200
                                                                   Fax: 886-2-2363-8840

                                                                   Email: cbt@lttc.ntu.edu.tw

*If your country is not included in the table above, and for detailed Test Center information, refer to the TOEFL
Information Bulletin, or go to www.toefl.org .
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The current testing fee (for both CBT and paper-based tests) is US$130. All test payments must be
made in full, be dated within 90 days of the date of receipt at the Regional Registration Center
(RRC), have the correct numeric and written dollar amount, and have appropriate signature(s).
These are the acceptable forms of payment:

          Checks made payable to ETS-TOEFL
          Credit card – American Express, MasterCard, or VISA,
          or CBT Voucher
          Money order
          International money order
          Authorization voucher
          Bank draft (internationally)
          UNESCO coupons (internationally)


Step 3. Take the test. On the day of the test, make sure to bring the following: (1) your
confirmation letter or your confirmation number; and (2) a valid ID which has a recent, recognizable
photograph and your signature. In most CBT centers in Asia, the primary ID acceptable is a valid
passport. If your primary identification is missing either a photo or a signature, you must also
present a secondary ID. This may be a government-issued identification document (e.g. passport,
driver’s license), a student ID, or a confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution.
(See information bulletin for details.) If testing outside your country of citizenship, you must present
your passport as your primary identification document. If your passport is not written in English
language letters, you must also present an additional ID that contains a recent, recognizable photo
and is in English. It is recommended that you be at the test center one hour before your scheduled
test.

Step 4. Select your score recipient on the test day. Your test fee entitles you to one printed
examinee’s score record (which serves as an unofficial score report) and up to four official score
reports to be sent free of charge from ETS to institutions you designate on the day of the test. Note
that any request for score reports made after the actual test day will be charged with a separate fee
per institution. The Ateneo has yet to be assigned its own institutional code. In the meantime, the
appropriate mailing address of the institution being applied to should be indicated as the score
recipient:

           The Registrar                                        Office of Graduate Services
           Ateneo Graduate School of Business                   Loyola Schools
           20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center                   Ateneo de Manila University
           1200 Makati City, Philippines                        Ground Floor, Xavier Hall
                                                                Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
                                                                1108 Quezon City, Philippines

           Admissions                                           Office of the Dean
           East Asian Pastoral Institute                        Loyola School of Theology
           P. O. Box 221, U.P. Campus                           Ateneo de Manila University
           1108 Quezon City, Philippines                        Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights
           Philippines                                          1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Official score reports are normally sent within 4 to 8 weeks from the test date, depending on how
quickly the essay scores are rated. Essays composed on the computer take less time to score than
handwritten essays. Consequently, those who choose to use the computer will have their scores
sent earlier than those who opt for handwritten essays.

Preparing for the Test
The POWERPREP Software features timed computer-based tests delivered by the same software
engine used for the actual computer-based test. By practicing with the software, examinees
become familiarized with the various sections in the actual test. Tutorials on how to take computer-
based tests are also provided.
A CD-ROM containing the POWERPREP Software is sent to examinees after registration. This,
however, takes about 4-6 weeks. For quicker access, these official test materials have been made
available and can be downloaded for free at www.toefl.org. This package includes timed
computer-based tests, essay topics for writing practice, samples of actual essay responses written
by TOEFL test takers, test tutorials on how to answer questions in each section of the test, and
such other information.

Interpreting your Test Scores

The tables below show scores and their equivalent percentile ranks. Percentile ranks represent the
percentage of examinees who scored below a particular score point. If your total score is 180 on
the computer-based TOEFL, for instance, the equivalent percentile rank is 23. This means that you
scored better than 23% of all examinees who took the test, or 23% of all examinees scored lower
than you did on the test. Note that CBT and paper-based scores do not have the same percentile
rank equivalents.
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For computer-based test scores:

                                   TOEFL CBT PERCENTILE RANK TABLE
            (based on the scores of 472,144 examinees who took the test from July 2000 through June 2001)
                                                              SECTION SCORES
     TOTAL SCORE                     Listening                 Structure/Writing                Reading
    Your    Percentile           Your      Percentile          Your      Percentile        Your     Percentile
    Score     Rank               Score       Rank             Score        Rank            Score      Rank
     300                          30           99               30           99             30          98
     280       96                 28           95               28           93             28          93
     260       84                 26           84               26           81             26          81
     240       68                 24           68               24           63             24          64
     220       51                 22           53               22           47             22          48
     200       36                 20           39               20           34             20          34
     180       23                 18           28               18           24             18          23
     160       15                 16           20               16           15             16          15
     140        8                 14           13               14           10             14           9
     120        4                 12           8                12            6             12           5
     100        2                 10           5                10            3             10           2
     80         1                  8           2                8             1              8           1
     60                            6           1                6             1              6
     40                            4                            4                            4
     20                            2                            2                            2




      CBT ESSAY PERCENTILE RANK TABLE
   (based on the scores of 472,144 examinees who took
        the test from July 2000 through June 2001)
                     ESSAY SCORE
    Your          Percentile  Your           Percentile
    Score           Rank     Score             Rank
      6.0            98           3.0            15
      5.5            92           2.5             7
      5.0            83           2.0             3
      4.5            70           1.5             1
      4.0            50           1.0             1
      3.5            29           0.0
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For paper-based test scores:

                             TOEFL PAPER-BASED PERCENTILE RANK TABLE
            (based on the scores of 230,877 examinees who took the test from July 2000 through June 2001)
                                                              SECTION SCORES
     TOTAL SCORE                     Section 1                     Section 2                   Section 3
    Your    Percentile           Your      Percentile          Your      Percentile        Your      Percentile
    Score     Rank               Score       Rank             Score        Rank            Score       Rank
                                  68                            68           98             68
     660            99            66           99               66           93             66          98
     640            96            64           97               64           87             64          94
     620            91            62           94               62           81             62          87
     600            82            60           88               60           72             60          79
     580            72            58           81               58           60             58          68
     560            60            56           72               56           49             56          57
     540            47            54           61               54           38             54          44
     520            35            52           49               52           30             52          33
     500            25            50           37               50           22             50          24
     480            17            48           26               48           16             48          16
     460            11            46           16               46           11             46          11
     440             6            44           10               44            7             44           7
     420             3            42           6                42            4             42           5
     400             2            40           3                40            2             40           3
     380             1            38           2                38            1             38           2
     360                          36           1                36            1             36           1
     340                          34           1                34                          34           1
     320                          32                            32                          32           1



            TWE PERCENTILE RANK TABLE
   (based on the scores of 208,096 examinees who took
        the test from July 2000 through June 2001)
                      TWE SCORE
    Your          Percentile Your            Percentile
    Score           Rank     Score             Rank
      6.0                         3.0            22
      5.5            98           2.5             8
      5.0            93           2.0             4
      4.5            84           1.5             1
      4.0            62           1.0
      3.5            38           0.0

For more details on acceptable forms of payment, test preparations, other service fees, and such
other matters, go to www.toefl.org, or www.acess.org.ph.

								
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