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 * Source: The TOEFL Information Bulletin, www.toefl.org, and www.acess.org.ph. Page 2 of 9 --------------- 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. Page 3 of 9 --------------- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 4 of 9 --------------- 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 Page 5 of 9 --------------- 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: email@example.com *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 . Page 6 of 9 --------------- 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. Page 8 of 9 --------------- 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 Page 9 of 9 --------------- 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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