Toefl test on spoken English
Silicon Valley, April 6 (PTI): Indians and other foreign students planning to study in the US will henceforth be tested for spoken English as part of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (Toefl).
The Educational Testing Board has overhauled the standard 39-year-old test following complaints that despite high Toefl scores, many foreign students are unable to communicate effectively in American schools and universities, a senior official said.
The test will be conducted through telephone.
The purpose of the Toefl Academic Speaking Test (Tast) is to evaluate the English-speaking proficiency of students whose native language is not English and who intend to pursue studies in a college or university where the language is spoken.
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