If you are interested in to continue your education at the university level, one of the main requirements you will have to meet is the minimum English proficiency level.
Beyond the standard application requirements of proving that you are academically qualified to attend a university, because you are not a native English speaker, you also need to show that you can understand, speak, and write well enough in English to succeed at that level. So, on top of providing transcripts and/or taking a test like the SAT or ACT to demonstrate you academic ability, you may also be required to take another exam to prove your English language proficiency.
While you have a few options for which test you take to fulfill this requirement, TOEFL is one of the most common tests accepted by universities in the United States. Here are five reasons to take the TOEFL.
1. Validation of your English proficiency by one of the world's most-recognized institutions.
The TOEFL is administered by ETS, the Education Testing Service, a well-respected testing institution whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS has been developing and administering tests around the world for over 60 years and the results are accepted at top universities. A passing score on the TOEFL assures universities that your English language skills are strong enough to enable you to succeed in one of their programs.
2. 90% of TOEFL test takers get into their 1st or 2nd choice university.
These types of tests can be difficult and preparation for them can be stressful. You want the time spent and the effort you put into them to be worth it. By taking the TOEFL, you are saying that your education is important to you, that you have serious academic and professional goals, and that you want to get in to a high quality college or university. And with 90% of TOEFL takers getting into their first or second choice school, you can be assured that your time and efforts will be well spent.
3. More than 9,000 universities, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept the TOEFL test, including top universities in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.
Not only will your test results help you get in to the college of your choice, but with over 9,000 universities accepting the TOEFL test, your decision to take the TOEFL test will provide you with many, many choices when you deciding where to apply. It would be incredibly frustrating to spend your time preparing to take a proficiency exam only to find out once you passed it that the school you want to attend most doesn’t accept those scores. With 9000 universities accepting the TOEFL that isn’t very likely.
4. Four out of five admissions officers prefer the TOEFL test over any other English-language proficiency test
So many factors go into a college admissions decision and with hundreds and thousands of applicants for university programs each year, anything you can do to set yourself apart from the other applicants is helpful and advisable. The difference between you and another candidate could be how much the admissions offer trusts the test you took. With four out of five admissions officers preferring the TOEFL test, this could be what sets you apart.
5. The entire test is given in half a day, unlike other tests that make you come back a second day
With all the time you will have spent to prepare to take the test, the last thing you want to do is spend two days taking the test. The TOEFL solves that problem for you, by offering the entire exam in one half-day setting.
The TOEFL provides everything you’re looking for in an English-Language Proficiency test. It is a valid test, accepted at numerous universities around the world, respected by admissions officers, with a tremendous admission success rate. And it can be taken in only a few hours.