ETS® TOEFL® Logo eNews Update
December 2011

One of the reasons the TOEFL® test is the most accepted, most respected English-language test in the world is because ETS continues to update and enhance the test in response to global trends and feedback. In this issue of the eNews Update, you'll learn about recent enhancements ETS has made to the Reading section of the TOEFL iBT® test — and how these changes benefit test takers.

In addition, you'll find valuable information about new resources the TOEFL program has created to help students get ready for the test — plus news of the exciting 2012 TOEFL Scholarship Program, which will be awarding over US$300,000 in scholarships to students in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

We hope you'll find these stories interesting and informative — and we welcome any feedback.

Sincerely,

Eileen Tyson
Executive Director of Global Client Relations, ETS
toeflnews@ets.org
TOP NEWS
Timing and Navigation Enhancements to the TOEFL iBT® Reading Section
In response to feedback about the length of the TOEFL iBT® Reading section, ETS has decreased the maximum number of reading passages from five to four beginning on November 1, 2011. Test takers will have either 60 minutes to complete three reading passages and questions, or 80 minutes to complete four reading passages and questions.
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NEWS
New Resources Make Studying for the TOEFL® Test Easier than Ever
Recently, the TOEFL® Program has created new resources to make getting ready for the test even easier. These resources include the TOEFL website in six languages, the TOEFL video library, the TOEFL Journey™ program and in-language customer support centers.
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2012 TOEFL® Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications
The 2012 TOEFL® Scholarship Program is awarding over US$300,000 in scholarships to students in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. A TOEFL scholarship can help students study at any of the 8,000+ institutions listed in the TOEFL® Destinations Directory (PDF). The scholarship program is designed to recognize TOEFL test takers for their academic excellence, leadership skills, extracurricular activities and English-communication proficiency.
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RESEARCH
Learn about the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners (COE)
The TOEFL® Committee of Examiners (COE) consists of 12 committee members from around the world, each of whom has achieved professional recognition in an academic field related to research, testing or teaching of English as a foreign or second language. Members rotate on a regular basis to ensure the continued introduction of new ideas and philosophies related to second-language teaching and testing. Members provide guidance and oversight for research and development related to the TOEFL test. This role includes identifying and evaluating research and development work needed to support existing assessment products and services. On other matters, such as major test redesign, policy changes and the introduction of new products and services, the COE has the power of recommendation to the TOEFL Board.
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RESOURCES
Benefits to Being a TOEFL® Destination
Being a TOEFL® Destination has many benefits. It gives an institution access to services that are not available to non-TOEFL destinations. These benefits include gaining access to millions of students, online speech samples, and updates on the TOEFL test programs and scores.
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New TOEFL iBT® Resource Centers Available for Students
Scholarship Test Takers
ETS has recently opened several TOEFL iBT® Resource Centers around the world. The purpose of the TOEFL iBT Resource Center is to enhance outreach to test takers as well as keep institutions, advisors, agents, teachers and others informed of the latest TOEFL program updates. The new centers provide services in France, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Middle East, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam. More TOEFL iBT Resource Centers are expected to open in 2012.
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Visit the TOEFL® Program at Upcoming Events
The TOEFL® program will be attending conferences all over the world. Be sure to stop by our booths, speak to a representative and get information on the latest TOEFL developments.
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Inside the TOEFL® Test Videos

Inside the TOEFL® Test is a series of five videos providing an in-depth review of the Writing and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT® test. Our video for this month features the Integrated Writing section, where the test taker reads a passage, listens to a spoken lecture and answers a question about the relationship between the lecture and the reading passage. For a closer look, watch the video now.

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