ETS TOEFL(r) Advisor Quarterly, May 2012

The TOEFL® program has some new and exciting announcements, including the new payment options for TOEFL test takers and scholarship awards in five countries.

The TOEFL program is also announcing Ecuador's use of the TOEFL test to measure the English-language proficiency of their teachers. And don't forget to read about our featured TOEFL test taker from Turkey.

You can also check out the resources available for your students, including TOEFL iBT® Quick Prep and our latest Inside the TOEFL Test video for the independent speaking 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



New Payment Options Available to TOEFL Test Takers.

TOEFL iBT test fees paid online by credit card can now be paid in select local currencies in addition to U.S. dollars. Test takers can now pay in euros (EUR), Indian rupees (INR), Japanese yen (JPY), or South Korean won (KRW), using a VISA® or MasterCard® credit or debit card through the TOEFL online registration system.

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TOEFL Scholarships Awarded in Five Countries.

TOEFL scholarships were awarded to 95 students at ceremonies in China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in July. Established in 2009, the ETS scholarship program recognizes academic excellence of TOEFL test takers. Scholarships were awarded to high-performing students studying in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, U.K., and the United States during the scholarship ceremonies in July. These students were rated based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, essay responses and TOEFL scores.

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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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Register for a TOEFL Professional Development Workshop.

The TOEFL program is offering Propell® workshops across seven countries in the upcoming months. Countries include Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Poland. The Propell workshop is a one-day professional development program designed to help English-language teachers meet the challenges of teaching English as a second language to students. The workshop uses examples from the TOEFL iBT Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing test sections. It provides instructional techniques and strategies for using the integrated-skills approach to teaching language and for preparing students for success.

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Featured Story of a TOEFL Test Taker.

In this issue we are featuring a successful TOEFL test taker, Can Ertan, a seventeen year old Turkish student. This is his story and advice to TOEFL test takers everywhere.


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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 their tips to help improve English skills. Even teachers and students are sharing their tips. In fact, the TOEFL TV channel has reached over 1 million views!

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Help Your Students Get Prepared with TOEFL iBT Quick Prep.

Give your students another way to prepare for the TOEFL test with a free practice tool that has real TOEFL iBT test questions from past tests. Each volume of TOEFL iBT Quick Prep includes questions from all four sections of the test. Volumes 1 and 2 have transcripts of the audio portions of the test. In addition to the transcripts, Volumes 3 and 4 also have the audio files in MP3 format embedded into the PDFs.

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Inside the TOEFL Test Videos — Independent Speaking 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 speaking questions. This 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.

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