Test review: Test of English as a foreign languageTM: Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT).

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Reviews the test, Test of English as a Foreign LanguageTM: Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) by J. Charles Alderson. TOEFL iBT: TOEFL iBT is the latest version of the TOEFL, whose history stretches back to 1961. It measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in academic settings. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 6000 colleges, universities, licensing agencies and immigration authorities in 136 countries. The TOEFL website contains much information about the test for test takers, academic institutions, and English language teachers, as well as details of TOEFL research publications, including the Framework for Recent TOEFL Research, the TOEFL iBT Research series, TOEFL Research Reports, Technical Reports, monographs and more. Crucially, TOEFL iBT is in many ways radically different from earlier versions of TOEFL, in that it is said to be 'better aligned to the variety of language use tasks that examinees are expected to encounter in everyday academic life'. It includes mandatory speaking and writing sections, and integrated tasks that require test takers to read a text, listen to a lecture or conversation and write or speak a response to what has been read or heard. Educational Testing Service (ETS) deserves to be congratulated on the development of the TOEFL iBT. It represents a major step forward in testing language proficiency for academic purposes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • *English as Second Language
  • *Foreign Language Learning
  • *Internet
  • *Test Reliability
  • *Test Validity
  • Psychometrics

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