TOEFL Changes Coming August 1st, 2019

Many of our international students here at Hancock International College are happy to hear about the new changes to the TOEFL exam. For our ESL students prepping for the TOEFL exam the changes are not earth shattering, but they benefit the student so it is good news. What are the specific changes? ETS, the producer of the TOEFL exam, has a nice article to sum it up below.

News.ets.org says, “Princeton, N.J. (May 22, 2019) – Beginning August 1, 2019, all TOEFL iBT® test takers will benefit from enhancements to the test format and score reporting, and easier registration.

To start, TOEFL® test time will be shortened by 30 minutes — to just three hours — with no changes to the overall test format or question types. It’s the same fair, reliable, preferred test, but with fewer questions in the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections.

In addition, the new MyBest™ scores feature will combine test takers’ best scores for each section from all valid TOEFL iBT scores from the previous two years. MyBest scores allow test takers to show their best overall test performance to institutions making important admissions decisions. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1, 2019, regardless of the test administration date, will automatically include MyBest scores along with the traditional scores from the test taker’s selected test date.

‘A growing number of institutions are acknowledging the value of seeing applicants’ best section scores when they take a standardized test more than once,’ said ETS’s Srikant Gopal, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program. ‘We also know that our test takers want an English-language test that helps them stand out to admissions officers. These changes provide a significantly better testing experience for students, while institutions can widen their pools of qualified applicants that meet their English-language requirements. It’s a win-win.’

To round out the improved test-taking experience, ETS developed a new registration and account management system. As a result, test takers will see greater functionality, a streamlined registration experience, easy access to test prep and more.

For more information about the enhancements to the TOEFL test’s format, score reports and registration, please visit https://www.ets.org/toefl/better_test_experience. For general information about the TOEFL test or to register for the test, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.”

Full Article: https://news.ets.org/press-releases/toefl-test-experience-just-got-better/

Idiom of the Day

It’s worth a shot

Meaning: an expression used to encourage someone to try when they themselves are not confident.

Example: You may not get the score you need on the TOEFL but it’s worth a shot. Plus with the “My Best Scores” now they will use your best scores anyway.