The TOEFL test is your first step to studying abroad. We investigate all you need to know about it.


Now more than ever, if you want to attend a university where English is spoken, you need to prove you have the academic English-language skills needed for success.  With TOEFL® test scores, you can go anywhere in the world.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign LanguageTM) test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. More than 7,000 institutions in more than 130 countries use TOEFL test scores as part of their admissions requirements.

 Robert Watkins, Assistant Director of Graduate and International Admissions at the University of Texas at Austin puts it most perfectly: We truly want to make certain that our international students can fully participate and perform in our classrooms. So for us, the TOEFL test is a very critical tool in assessment.

All English-language tests are not the same. The TOEFL iBTTM test is the only true academic English test available. It simulates your real educational experience by measuring how well you read, listen, speak and write in English, and how you combine these skills to communicate your ideas effectively in a university environment of your choice.

In the coming years, more students will register to study abroad, and more students will take English assessment tests than ever before, says Phil Tabbiner, Senior Vice President of ETS' Partnerships and Global Division. The TOEFL test is the most valuable tool for any student who wants to measure and improve their use of the English language. It's not just an admission ticket; it's a roadmap to a lifetime of success.

Institutions trust TOEFL test scores because ETS uses rating methods that meet the highest standards of fairness. Students can be sure that their TOEFL test scores represent a fair and accurate picture of their ability to succeed in an academic setting.

  • Registering for the TOEFL test online is convenient and easy. Take the test near you at any of the 4,500+ testing sites in more than 165 countries. Every year, more than six million people choose to take English-language tests created by ETS, the pioneer and world leader in educational assessment.

See why more than 23 million test takers have relied on their TOEFL scores to prove they have what it takes to get accepted into their school of choice. Now you can, too!  Visit to learn more.

The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world

The TOEFL® test can take you to more destinations
The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. No matter where you want to study, the TOEFL test can help get you there. The top 100 universities around the world, ranked on the website, rely on the TOEFL test to select the most qualified candidates, because only the TOEFL test contains 100% academic content and measures the skills actually used in the classroom.

Regarded as the most fair and reliable, your TOEFL scores can take you to these highly respected universities, as well as thousands of others across the globe.

Getting accepted by the university of your choice is only one step toward achieving your goals - you must also use your English-language skills effectively after you get there. Performing well on the TOEFL test gives you confidence that you have the skills needed to succeed at your university, and go further in your chosen career. View the TOEFL Destinations Directory at

Not the same English-language test
Unlike other tests, the TOEFL test is scored using a combination of human and automated rating methods that provide a complete, fair and accurate picture of your ability to succeed in an academic setting where English is spoken.