The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test designed to test your ability to understand Standard North American English. Standardized tests are multiple choice exams administered to many people and graded primarily by computers they are widely used in the United States for college and graduate school admissions and professional licensing exams.
The TOEFL is written and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private, not-for-profit company based in Princeton, New Jersey. It was developed to help American and Canadian colleges and universities evaluate the level of English-language proficiency of international student applicants. Professional licensing programs, government agencies and scholarship programs also use the TOEFL to evaluate prospective applicants. Educational institutions outside the United States who use English as the language of instruction also use the TOEFL to measure English ability.
You may need a certain TOEFL score to get into a particular college or university. However, even a great TOEFL score does not guarantee that you will get into the college of your choice. Nor does a great TOEFL score guarantee academic success. To succeed in school, you also need to know how to communicate in English. Visit Kaplan's directory of web sites for schools in the United States.
In July of 1998, the TOEFL converted to a computer format in most areas of the world. Kaplan has answered many of your questions about the CBT (Computer Based Test). You can also learn how to register for the TOEFL.