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What is the TOEFL? These articles cover any general information not covered in our sections on scores, retakes, test dates, or the TOEFL vs. other tests.

TOEFL Eligibility

The times when you most likely need to take the TOEFL are well-known. The TOEFL is most often required as part of the admissions process for universities, and TOEFL scores are also sometimes accepted for the purposes of work visas or professional licensure. There can be a bit more confusion about when someone can take […]

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What is the TOEFL ITP?

Most US universities want to see TOEFL iBT or PBT scores from their international students. However, there is another TOEFL format that some students are asked to take. It’s called the TOEFL ITP, and it is primarily used for class placement, rather than admissions. The TOEFL ITP is an exam similar, but not identical, to […]

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What is TOEFL Certification?

If you’re reading this blog post, there is a high probability that something got you a bit confused. There are three things people can mean when they talk about “TOEFL Certification,” but two of them are misunderstandings: TOEFL Certification Isn’t for Students The TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is a test of […]

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What is the TOEFL Junior?

I have a cousin in Korea who’s 11 years old. A while back, he asked me about the TOEFL Junior. He wanted to know more about what this exam is, what it’s like compared to the regular TOEFL, how it’s used, where he could take it, and so on. He had some very good questions, […]

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What Else is the TOEFL Used For?

If you’ve been studying for the TOEFL, you may have realized that the test uses very specific types of examples for prompts and passages. In a reading passage, you might read about the extinction of a particular kind of bird, or about the life of Albert Einstein. A listening question might be based on a […]

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Deconstructing Application Components: The TOEFL

The TOEFL (an acronym for Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is an integral and often necessary component of the application package. In addition to previous academic scores (GPA/grades), universities ask for GRE, GRE subject test, SAT or ACT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. For non-native English speakers and for those who have resided […]

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