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TOEFL Tip #37: Time To Use iBT Scores Only

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on June 8, 2009

It has been over 5 years since the iBT (Internet-Based TOEFL) was introduced and at least 3 years since it was the only version of the TOEFL accepted by most reputable and desirable universities. Why then do universities continue to publish required PBT (Paper-Based TOEFL) scores for admission to their institutions?

When universities publish a PBT score in their admissions materials, it conveys that they are not up-to-date on industry standards and that they are out-of-touch with the hurdles their applicants face. This suggests to the international applicants that these universities might not be aware of other concerns internationals might have.

I strongly urge every admissions office to use the iBT scoring system when publishing their TOEFL requirements.

To help you with this transition to the iBT scoring, here is a link to the official ETS comparison charts.  Be careful though, these charts do not account for the SPEAKING section of the test since the PBT did not have this section. Read the documentation carefully before making the transition to the iBT scoring system.  It’s not hard, but it does require care when reading over the charts.

Categories: Industry Issues

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