To enter colleges in America or England, one may have to take the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Students who have not studied English for more than 7 years and/or immigrated to the United States after the 7th grade can apply to take this test.
Starting in November 2006, the test format changed from CBT (Computer Based Test: Best score 300) to IBT (Internet Based Test: Best score 120). IBT TOEFL iBT can be taken at an ETS Test Center where the student uses a computer to take the test. A student is tested on 4 different skills. The test will take about 4 hours to finish and the cost is $150 per test. Testing time is divided for each subject as follows: Listening (60~90min), Reading (60~100min), Speaking (20min), Writing (50min).
IBT/CBT/PBT Conversion Table
The main difference between IBT and CBT is that unlike the CBT, the IBT doesn’t put emphasis on structures. Instead, speaking skills are tested. Through this test, students’ real time communication skills are tested. Because Asian students consider speaking to be their weakest point, it is important for them to practice and to be able to communicate with an English-speaking person. Throughout this process, student’s pronunciation, grammar, and sentence building skills can be improved. If one scores 100 out of 120, he/she passes the test. Y2 Academy is one of ETS’s official TOEFL iBT testing centers.