Why do we rely on TOEFL

The acronym TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) has become a byword used by ESL teachers and their students to signify a uniform system for testing various levels of proficiency. Nonnative speakers of English are required by all accredited universities in the U.S.A to meet certain minimum standards of said proficiency prior to acceptance. Its longstanding record as an academic tool gives TOEFL unquestionable credibility. It has been so widely accepted that it is now utilized by some government agencies and many private businesses as a method of evaluating an employee’s ability to communicate in English.

Although there is no designated passing score on TOEFL, various institutions have their own TOEFL score requirements. Students are rated on a scale of 0 to 120 points, and students are tested in the areas of listening comprehension, writing, reading comprehension and speaking.

 Achieving a high score often represents a benchmark for the student of English as a second language. Many highly educated students are already familiar with TOEFL from their experience in college or as graduate students.

Furthermore, it is commonly acknowledged that there is always room for improvement when acquiring a second language as an adult. It is an ongoing learning process for which businesses recognize the pressing need. Therefore, it is for these reasons that the Modern Language Institute relies upon TOEFL as our primary teaching primer and testing tool for the advanced courses we offer in English.