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After consulting with language experts, the Ontario College of Teachers established new acceptable minimum test scores for the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL).
In October 2005, the Education Testing Service (ETS) introduced a new TOEFL
test referred to as the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based
test) to measure four communication skills (reading, writing, listening, and
speaking) in one integrated test.
ETS provided appropriate score comparison charts for the reading and listening
portions of the new test, but not for the speaking or writing sections.
Consequently, the College invited a representative panel of language specialists
to recommend acceptable test score levels for the writing and speaking components
of the new TOEFL test. The following scores were recommended:
The scores would be considered on the higher end of the TOEFL scale and reflect
the experts' desire to ensure that teachers certified in Ontario have a high
standard of language proficiency.
As well the scores are consistent with College scores required previously
using the TSE (test of spoken English) and the TWE (test of written English)
and currently required under the International English Language Testing System
The scores for the speaking and writing portions are consistent with the College's
required scores for the speaking and writing portions of IELTS.
The overall, slightly higher acceptable test score (103) reflects the high
standards the College set previously for writing and speaking.
The College will continue to review the Education Testing Service's findings
regarding the new TOEFL test to see whether further adjustments to College
scores should be made.
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