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A Reliable Assessment of English

The TOEFL ITP® tests are paper-delivered and use academic and social content to evaluate the English-language proficiency of nonnative English speakers, giving you confidence about your students' ability in a real-world academic setting. All questions are multiple choice and students answer questions by filling in an answer sheet. The tests evaluate skills in 3 areas:

  • Listening Comprehension (Admin Time 35 minutes) measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in Colleges and Universities.

  • Structure and Written Expression (Admin Time 25 minutes) measures recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written English.

  • Reading Comprehension (Admin Time 55 minutes) measures the ability to read and understand academic reading material in English.

Content and Settings for the TOEFL ITP Tests

Academic Topics

  • Arts: fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, architecture, literature, music, film, photography

  • Humanities: history, political science, government, philosophy, law

  • Life Sciences: paleontology, biochemistry, animal behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, health science, biology, agriculture

  • Physical Sciences: geology, astronomy, chemistry, Earth science, engineering, meteorology, energy, technology, oceanography, physics

  • Social Sciences: anthropology, sociology, education, geography, archaeology, psychology, economics, business, management, marketing, communications

Campus-life Topics

  • Classes: class schedules, class requirements, library references, assignments (papers, presentations, readings), professors, studying, field trips

  • Campus administration: registration, housing on and off campus, study abroad, internships, university policies

  • Campus activities: clubs, committees, social events

General Topics

  • Business: management, offices, official documents, law

  • Environment: weather, nature, climate, environment

  • Food: types of food, restaurants

  • Language and communication: mail, email, telephone use, leaving messages, requests for information

  • Media: TV, newspapers, internet

  • Objects: descriptions of objects, equipment

  • Personal: family members, friends, health, emotions, physical characteristics, daily routines

  • Planning and time management: future events, invitations, personal schedules

  • Purchases: clothing, shopping, banking, money

  • Recreation: sports, games, concerts, plays, art, books, photography, music, parties and gatherings, public lectures

  • Transportation: travel, driving, parking, public transportation, travel reservations

  • Workplace: applying for a job, on-campus employment, work schedules

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