ETS Reports the Largest Number of Chinese TOEFL® Test Takers in History

In February, ETS announced a 19 percent increase in the number of Chinese
TOEFL iBT® test takers for 2011. This represents the largest number of Chinese TOEFL® test takers in history.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIAC) acceptance of the TOEFL test in 2011 for student visas breaks the monopoly that IELTS® once held, providing Chinese students a choice of English-language assessments for study in Australia. The decision by DIAC, as well as the United Kingdom Border Agency's (UKBA) acceptance of the TOEFL test for visa purposes, will likely further increase the number of Chinese students taking the TOEFL test in 2012.

"More and more Chinese students interested in pursuing education opportunities abroad are taking the TOEFL test," commented David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division. "Having to take only one assessment to satisfy the English requirement for admissions purposes is very appealing to students. The fact that the TOEFL test is accepted at nearly every institution in Australia, the U.K., Canada and the United States resonates with students."

As the popularity of the TOEFL test continues to increase at significant rates, additional testing administrations and testing locations will be added. Testing administrations for February 17 and 24 were recently added to the TOEFL testing schedule. ETS currently has over 200 TOEFL testing sites throughout China and plans for additional testing capacities in 2012 are underway.

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