Brazil's Minister of Education Announces the Selection of the TOEFL® ITP Test to Strengthen English-Language Skills

At a press conference in December, Minister of Education Aloizio Mercadante announced that the TOEFL® ITP test will be used as a screening and learning tool for the English Without Borders Programme. The newly established English-language learning initiative, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, seeks to assist undergraduate and graduate students in strengthening their English skills to satisfy language requirements for government funded scholarships.

Developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the TOEFL ITP test provides a consistent and cost-effective tool to measure the core English skills needed to succeed in an academic setting. Serving as a diagnostic tool for the English Without Borders Programme, the TOEFL ITP test will measure the English-language skills of participating students and offer tools to monitor growth and progress.

The objective of the newly announced English Without Borders Programme is to increase the number of Brazilian students fluent in English. The English Without Borders Programme is an innovative, government-sponsored English-language training program for public universities. The programme aims to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to meet the Science Without Borders' language requirements, as well as other scholarship programmes requiring English proficiency.

"ETS is pleased to work closely with the Ministry of Education to strengthen English language learning" commented David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ETS Global division. "We applaud the Ministry of Education's English Without Borders initiative and are pleased that the TOEFL ITP test has been selected as the assessment of choice to measure English proficiency for Brazilian students."

More information regarding the TOEFL ITP test is available at www.ets.org/toeflitp.

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