ETS Reports Solid Growth for TOEFL® Volumes in France

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Princeton, N.J. (March 8, 2012) —

Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced an 8 percent increase in the number of French TOEFL iBT® test takers for 2011 compared to the previous year.

The number of institutions accepting TOEFL scores from French students also increased to over 8,500 worldwide in more than 130 countries. Paris- Sorbonne University and SKEMA Business School in France are part of the rapidly growing number of colleges and institutions internationally recognizing the TOEFL test as an approved assessment to demonstrate English proficiency for student applicants. The TOEFL test continues to be the most widely accepted English-language assessment used for undergraduate and graduate admissions purposes, with significantly more institutions recognizing the TOEFL test than any other English-language assessment.

"More and more students in France and around the world are choosing to take the TOEFL test," commented David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS’s Global Division. "Students recognize the convenience of having to take only one English-language assessment that is accepted at nearly every higher education institution including those in Spain, the U.K., Australia, and the United States."

To assist the significant number of French test takers, ETS has developed new resources including:

  • TOEFL Customer Support Center in France: Available by phone at 0800-91183 and via email at toeflsupport4france@ets.org (Monday—Friday 9h—17h). Students in France can receive assistance with pre- or post-administration questions pertaining to the TOEFL test, such as ordering score reports.
  • TOEFL iBT ® Resource Center in France: ETS has recently opened a TOEFL iBT Resource Center. Students can receive personalized assistance by email at toeflinfo@etsglobal.org or online at www.ets.org/fr/toefl. The center offers general information about the TOEFL test, including what the test is like and assistance in identifying test preparation materials.
  • "Inside the TOEFL® Test" Video Series: A new five-part video series available at http://www.ets.org/fr/toefl/ibt/about/video_library offers an in-depth look at the TOEFL iBT Speaking and Writing questions, including tips, sample questions, scoring criteria and a sample response.
  • ETS Website: The TOEFL section of the ETS website is also now available in French at http://www.ets.org/fr/toefl. Students can learn about upcoming events, the latest TOEFL news and additional study resources.
  • Upcoming TOEFL Webinars Available in French: To make it more convenient for students, ETS will host live, online informational sessions for students to learn more about the TOEFL test and free study tools. Upcoming webinars will be hosted on:
    • March 27 at 17h30—18h30 (Paris, GMT+1)
    • April 6 at 16h30—17h30 (Paris, GMT+1)
    • April 25 at 17h30—18h30 (Paris, GMT+1)
    Students can learn more information about the events and register at toeflinfo@etsglobal.org.
  • TOEFL Representatives Participating at Upcoming Student Fairs:
    • March 9-10: Salon Studyrama de Masters 1&2, M.S. & MBA in Paris
    • March 16-17: Salon des Masters, masteres et MBA in Lille
    More information about the TOEFL test, including sample test questions and study resources, is available at www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.org.

About the TOEFL Test

For nearly 50 years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely accepted English-language assessment in the world. The TOEFL test is recognized by more than 8,500 institutions in more than 130 countries including Australia, the U.K., Canada, and the United States. Globally, the TOEFL test is available at more than 4,500 testing sites in more than 165 countries. To date, more than 27 million students around the world have taken the TOEFL test.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org