As students from all over the world apply for acceptance to some of America’s leading universities, many of them will be required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a metric used by more than 4,000 higher learning institutions to determine whether prospective students have the language skills necessary to communicate in U.S. classrooms. Educational Testing Service, the company that administers the test, has developed an official practice site that invites students to hone their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills online through a mock version of the newly redesigned test, which premieres officially in September 2005. “TOEFL Practice Online” is the latest in a series of efforts to familiarize students and educators with the new test. Registration to the practice site is free and includes access to sample test questions and a discussion board, where students and teachers can exchange study tips. Free sample questions and answers from the Speaking portion will help test-takers become familiar with this new section of the test. Members can purchase a full practice test for $20. The mock exam will provide test-takers with an unofficial score and feedback on their performance. The opportunity to practice and get feedback on the Speaking portion is available through the TOEFL Academic Speaking Test (TAST) for an additional $30, the company said.

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