ETS TOEFL(r) Advisor Quarterly, May 2012

2012 is turning out to be a busy year for the TOEFL® program. Some of our recent news includes adjustment to the TOEFL iBT® score requirements, free development workshop for teachers and new resources to help make the TOEFL journey even easier.

Great news! ETS has recently adjusted the TOEFL scores required by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to better reflect performance described in CEFR levels. Get the details below.

In other news, the TOEFL program is offering a free workshop for teachers at the annual NAFSA conference. Seating is limited, so sign up today.

You can also check out the resources available for your students including a new TOEFL Value Pack and the Inside the TOEFL® Test video for the independent writing section.

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


Eileen Tyson
Executive Director of Global Client Relations, ETS



UKBA TOEFL iBT® Score Adjustment

Great news! ETS has adjusted the TOEFL scores required by the UKBA, so that they more closely reflect performances described in CEFR levels. In 2006, as the TOEFL iBT® test was being introduced, ETS conducted a standard setting exercise with educators to map the new scores to CEFR levels. Since then, we have received feedback from universities and teachers of English that the actual level of performance of students on the test is not consistent with scores identified at various CEFR levels. We have used this feedback to help us with recommendations for score adjustments.

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Sign up today for a free TOEFL Teacher Development Workshop at the NAFSA Conference

The TOEFL program is hosting a Propell® workshop for teachers at the 2012 NAFSA conference in Houston, Texas, USA. The workshop offers an in-depth look at the TOEFL iBT® test. Designed specifically for English-language instructors, the workshop offers hands-on, innovative strategies for teachers in preparing students for the TOEFL test.

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First Propell® Workshop in Scotland

ETS conducted its first ever Propell® Workshop for the TOEFL iBT® test in Edinburgh, Scotland in April. The six hour workshop was delivered by Stella Saliari from the ETS Global BV office.

The Propell® Workshop is led in an interactive, hands-on approach to developing a TOEFL iBT curriculum with scoring explanations, learning strategies, activity books, a complete practice test, CD-ROM and more. Additionally, the workshop offers instructional techniques and strategies using an integrated-skills approach to teaching English-language learners.

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Featured Story of a TOEFL Test Taker

From now on, in each issue we will be featuring a successful TOEFL test taker. This issue's feature is Hae-Jin Kim. This is her story and advice to TOEFL test takers everywhere.


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Save up to 40% with new TOEFL Value Pack

Help your students get the official TOEFL Practice Online for only $27 when they register. That's a savings of 40%. TOEFL Practice Online is also available in any of our other three TOEFL Value Packs. Our four TOEFL Value Packs provide the ultimate way to practice for the TOEFL test. Students will receive official test preparation tools and other extras they need to help them have a better chance at success. TOEFL Value Packs can be ordered when registering for the TOEFL iBT® test. The Value Pack Plus and Value Pack Prep can be purchased online at anytime through the ETS store.

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New Customer Support Center to Assist TOEFL Test Takers in Spain

Test takers studying for the TOEFL test in Spain can now take advantage of a new TOEFL Customer Support Center. Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced a customer support center, available toll-free by phone at 900-838129 or email at, to serve the growing numbers of TOEFL test takers throughout Spain.

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Featured Video

Inside the TOEFL® Test Videos — Independent Writing Question

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 independent writing question. This task asks the test taker to write a response to a general issue based on the test taker's knowledge and experience. The issue is preceded by a question asking "Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?" Test takers are asked to use specific reasons to support their answers. For a closer look, watch the video now.

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