ETS Reports the Largest Number of Chinese TOEFL® Test Takers in History


Princeton, N.J. (February 14, 2012) —

Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced a 19 percent increase in the number of Chinese TOEFL iBT® test takers for 2011 from the prior year, representing the largest number of Chinese TOEFL® test takers in history.

The number of institutions around the world accepting TOEFL scores from Chinese students now exceeds over 8,500 worldwide in more than 130 countries. The TOEFL test continues to be the most widely accepted English-language assessment used for admissions purposes internationally, with significantly more institutions recognizing the TOEFL test than any other English-language assessment.

"More and more Chinese students interested in pursuing education opportunities abroad are taking the TOEFL test," commented David Hunt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Global Division. "Having to take only one assessment to satisfy the English requirement for admissions purposes is very appealing to students. The fact that the TOEFL test is accepted at nearly every institution in Australia, the U.K., Canada and the United States resonates with students."

The Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIAC) acceptance of the TOEFL test in 2011 to demonstrate English proficiency for student visas breaks the monopoly that IELTS® once held, providing Chinese students a choice in English-language assessments for study in Australia. The decision by DIAC, as well as the United Kingdom Border Agency's acceptance of the TOEFL test for visa purposes, will likely increase the number of Chinese individuals taking the TOEFL test in 2012.

As the popularity of the TOEFL test continues to increase at significant rates, additional testing administrations and testing locations will be added. Testing administrations for February 17 and 24 were recently added to the TOEFL testing schedule. ETS currently has over 200 TOEFL testing sites throughout China and plans for additional testing capacities are underway in 2012.

To assist the skyrocketing number of Chinese test takers, ETS has developed new resources including:

  • Newly launched Weibo account: Join the more than 6,000 students already following the TOEFL test, 托福考试带您走遍天下, available at
  • TOEFL Go Anywhere website in Chinese: Available in Chinese (, the website is constantly updated with new study resources and timely information.
  • "Inside the TOEFL Test" video series: A new five-part video series available at, 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 Chinese at Students can learn about upcoming events, the latest TOEFL news and additional study resources.
  • TOEFL Scholarship Program in China: The deadline for the 2012 TOEFL Scholarship Program, offering US$83,000 in scholarships for Chinese students, is April 13, 2012.

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.