ETS® TOEFL® Logo eNews Update
August 2012

The TOEFL® programme has some new and exciting announcements, including the use of biometric voice identification software to maintain fair and reliable TOEFL testing, and the launch of the TOEFL Search Service.

Also read about the TOEFL Scholarship Programme and the winners who are going to the U.K. to study.

Be sure to check out the TOEFL iBT® Online Prep Course, an official online test prep product available for institutions to help prepare their students for the TOEFL test. And don't forget to post your video on the TOEFL TV page on YouTube® to gain exposure to over one million potential students.

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

Sincerely,

Sandy Bhangal
TOEFL Client Relations Associate Director — United Kingdom
sbhangal@etsglobal.org

TOP NEWS
Biometric Voice Identification Software Implemented to Increase Test Security.

The TOEFL programme released a press announcement introducing the use of biometric voice identification to maintain fair and reliable TOEFL testing. Similar to the highly advanced speaker identification platforms used by government and law enforcement agencies, the software uses statistical pattern matching techniques, advanced voice classification methods, and inputs from multiple systems to compare speech samples from TOEFL test takers. The speaker identification system offers the ability to create voice prints for detailed analysis to validate the identity of TOEFL test takers. The new technology will be used as part of test security investigations in 2012 and, beginning in 2013, will gradually be used on a larger scale.

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NEWS
TOEFL Scholarships Awarded to Students Studying in the United Kingdom.

TOEFL scholarships were awarded to 95 students at ceremonies in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in July. Established in 2009, the ETS scholarship programme recognises academic excellence of TOEFL test takers.

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Ecuador to Use the TOEFL Test to Measure Abilities of English Teachers.

In an effort to improve English language learning opportunities for all students, Ecuador's Ministry of Education announced that the TOEFL test will measure the abilities of public teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

"Providing all students with the opportunity to learn English is a priority for the Ministry of Education," commented Gloria Vidal, Ecuador's Minister of Education. "The TOEFL test offers a reliable measure to diagnose the current knowledge of English of Ecuador's EFL public teachers. The test will provide valuable information that will allow us to design professional development opportunities for teachers to attain the necessary level of proficiency to educate our children. We look forward to working collaboratively with all teachers to help them reach the Ministry's English-language standards."

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New TOEFL Hub Posted on the Guardian Education Network.

The Guardian and the TOEFL programme formed a partnership to create an International hub on the Education Network. The International hub contains the latest news in the international education arena from recruitment, to admission, and even students' job-hunting experiences. As part of this hub, the TOEFL programme has its own TOEFL hub containing the latest news about the TOEFL programme. Here you can find news, resources available to you, and even a profile of our TOEFL Scholarship winners.

Visit the TOEFL and GRE® Tests at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference in Dublin, Ireland — September 11–14, 2012!

September 2012 witnesses the return of the EAIE International Education Conference, this year in Dublin, Ireland. The EAIE conference is an arena for extensive discussions on the current challenges and opportunities in international education. This year's conference focuses on ‘Rethinking Education and Reshaping Economies' and ETS is a proud platinum sponsor. If you are planning on attending the conference, please visit us at booth 146 to learn about the many new developments at ETS for the TOEFL and GRE® tests!

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RESOURCES
TOEFL TV — Get Exposure to Over 1 Million and Counting!

Millions of people around the world are studying English to help them achieve their academic and career goals. The TOEFL TV channel on YouTube is for them, and for you. It's a place to learn, share and grow.

Institutions from all over the world are sharing tips to help improve English skills. Currently, over 25 institutions in Australia and New Zealand have shared their videos. In fact, the TOEFL TV channel has reached over 1 million views!

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New TOEFL iBT Online Prep Course for Your Institution.

The new TOEFL iBT Online Prep Course creates a personalised learning path with up to 80 hours of content to help your students do their best on the TOEFL test. Included as part of the prep course are diagnostic tests, robust exercises, interactive vocabulary, test-taking strategies, self-assessments and a grade book. There are also management tools that allow institutions to create and manage instructor-led classes.

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Visit the TOEFL Programme at Upcoming Events.

The TOEFL programme 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 video — Integrated Speaking.

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 Speaking questions about campus situations. The video focuses on how the questions are structured and what they're asking, how to approach the questions, and how responses are scored. The video will also look at a sample response that received a high score, and provide some tips for improving speaking skills.

For a closer look, watch the video now.



Upcoming TOEFL Test Dates.

Below are the upcoming test dates and cities for the United Kingdom. Please note that not all test centres participate on every testing date.

Bournemouth
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012

Cardiff
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Hounslow
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Ilford
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Leeds
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012

London
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Luton
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Manchester
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Oxford
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012

Wiltshire
Fri., Aug 17, 2012
Sat., Aug 25, 2012
Fri., Sep 07, 2012
Sat., Sep 15, 2012
Fri., Sep 21, 2012
Sat., Sep 29, 2012
Sat., Oct 06, 2012
Fri., Oct 12, 2012
Fri., Oct 19, 2012
Sat., Oct 27, 2012


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