EPN Newsletter

TOEFL Family of Assessments

Welcome to our first ETS Preferred Network newsletter!

Welcome to our first EPN newsletter for the TOEFL® Family of Assessments. In an effort to work more seamlessly with partners all over the world, the TOEFL marketing team is working to ensure more frequent contact and communication with you and your teams. We want to keep you up to date on all the exciting changes to come for each TOEFL program! One such change is the refresh of the TOEFL Family webpage and the launch of the TOEFL Family Research page. These pages were created and refreshed as a first step in starting to tell the TOEFL Family story.

Going forward, we will send a newsletter with all the latest TOEFL updates every six months and also conduct regional marketing conference calls every quarter. The conference calls will allow the TOEFL marketing team to hear from you directly, better understand specific challenges or needs at the country market level and give your marketing teams the chance to work more directly with our marketing team in Princeton.

Our goal is to support you and your team, and we look forward to working together more often and more directly. Of course, we will continue to send ad hoc emails, such as EPN Action Required, as they are needed.

TOEFL® Young Students Series challenges students to make the world a better place

The TOEFL® Young Students Series GO English! "Make the World a Better Place" campaign launched on Sept. 1, 2018. Thanks to all of you for providing feedback into the selection of the final theme! By now, you should have received all the promotional materials to send directly to your school contacts. The SharePoint® site has been updated with all the supporting materials and presentation as well.

By the end of December 2018, please be sure to complete the Client list form and submit the list of schools that received the promotional materials to Sue Roake. This information is critical so we can determine how to improve or change the program to ensure it continues to yield positive results in your countries. The project deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019.

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TOEFL Primary® Tests


Changes coming to the TOEFL Primary® Program in FY2019!

The TOEFL Primary® test logo is now officially registered. The updated logo and marketing materials can be found on the TOEFL Primary SharePoint page. We have also updated the TOEFL Primary website as well. Please be sure to continue using the ETS TOEFL Brand Guidelines for brand and legal compliance. Should you have any questions, please let us know.

The TOEFL Primary Speaking test has been moved to its new platform. The test is now available on multiple digital platforms, including: Windows® PC, Mac®, iPad® and Chromebook™. The Speaking test has already been administered in a number of countries: Brazil, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Mexico, Jordan, Spain and Turkey. The chart below provides Speaking score availability based on the date the test is scheduled. The TOEFL Primary website has been updated to reflect the availability of the digital speaking test.

Global Testing Windows

Month

Testing Window Start

Testing Window End

Scores Available to EPN/Schools

Exclusions

Oct.

Sun., Sept. 23, 2018

Sat., Oct. 27, 2018

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018

 

Nov.

Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

Sat., Nov. 24, 2018

Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018

No testing Nov. 22–23, 2018

Dec.

Sun., Nov. 25, 2018

Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019

No testing Dec. 23–26, 2018

Jan.

Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

Sat., Feb. 2, 2019

Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019

No testing Jan. 1, 2019

Feb.

Sun., Feb. 3, 2019

Sat., March 2, 2019

Thurs., March 21, 2019

 

March

Sun., March 3, 2019

Sat., March 30, 2019

Thurs., April 18, 2019

 

April

Sun., March 31, 2019

Sat., April 27, 2019

Thurs., May 16, 2019

 

May

Sun., April 28, 2019

Fri., May 24, 2019

Thurs., June 13, 2019

 

June

Sun., May 26, 2019

Sat., June 29, 2019

Thurs., July 18, 2019

 

July

Sun., June 30, 2019

Sat., July 27, 2019

Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019

 

Aug.

Sun., July 28, 2019

Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019

 

Sept.

Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Sat., Sept. 28, 2019

Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019

 

Oct.

Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

Sat., Oct. 26, 2109

Thurs., Nov. 14, 2019

 

Nov.

Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019

 

Dec.

Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020

No testing Dec. 23–26, 2019

In addition to a new platform for the Speaking test, a digital version of the Reading and Listening tests was recently launched. Initial feedback has been extremely positive, and the team is looking to roll it out in additional countries in 2019. The digital test format will provide schools with the flexible option to choose between paper or online testing. Best of all, with digital you will be able to let schools have access to students' scores immediately following the test administration.

If you are interested in launching either the TOEFL Primary Speaking test or digital version of the TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening tests, please contact your Channel Representative.

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TOEFL Junior® Tests


Changes coming to the TOEFL Junior® Program

A stand-alone version of the TOEFL Junior® Speaking test is also now available on the following digital platforms: Windows® PC, Mac®, iPad® and Chromebook™. The TOEFL Primary and TOEFL Junior tests have been launched in the same countries as the TOEFL Primary Speaking tests. Please refer to the table above for the dates the TOEFL Junior Speaking test scores will be available. The website has been updated to reflect these exciting new updates.

In an effort to provide institutions with faster scoring turnaround and flexibility of delivering the tests for their students, the digital version of the TOEFL Junior Standard test was also launched. Adding digital testing will now allow you to offer institutions the benefit to receive scores in real time and provide greater flexibility in either offering the test via paper-based or digital testing.

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TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series


New TOEFL ITP® Resources Available

In June 2018, we introduced the TOEFL® Connect portal with EPN training that covered setting up an individual account and features of the portal, as well as the communication benefits the portal provides to our ITP score users, EPNs and ETS. We officially launched the portal in July. The link to our first webinar has been added to the home page of the portal.

New TOEFL ITP Materials have been added to the TOEFL Connect Content Archive:

  • New Featured Content article (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Link to the Sept. 25 and 26 webinars
  • New Infographic "TOEFL Program, Score Trends & More," highlighting key points from the Sept. 25 and 26 webinars
  • New Case Study — Centro Americano Boliviano

Coming Soon ...

A number of new initiatives are currently in the works:

  • Digital Testing – November/December 2018
  • New Teacher Activities – January 2019
  • New Accreditation Kit – January 2019
  • Addition of Speaking Test – Q4 2019

Score User Network (SUN) Report Update

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, the TOEFL ITP Program discontinued the Score User Network (SUN) Report. The report was initially developed to collect and promote our active TOEFL ITP Score User community across the globe. Thank you for your contribution in supporting the report.

In an effort to provide more value to our end users, the program will allocate resources to growing the new TOEFL Connect portal. The SUN Report has been removed from the TOEFL ITP website and the SharePoint site. Should you still have a need for the last report, please contact your Channel Manager.

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Friendly Reminders

We encourage you to continually visit the TOEFL SharePoint site to ensure you are using the most up-to-date marketing materials. Please also revisit the ETS EPN Guidelines to ensure full compliance.

Do You Have Customer Stories to Share?

We're always interested in hearing from our score users and how our tests benefit their students and schools. Do you have a score user who is willing to share their TOEFL YSS or TOEFL ITP experience with us? If so, please let us know so we can turn that story into a case study or testimonial for our marketing materials. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or input for our next newsletter, please email Sue Roake.

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