The TOEFL iBT
TOEFL is the abbreviation for Test of English as a Foreign Language. The TOEFL was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, USA, and is the internationally recognised English language test, which is required for admission to many degree courses both at home and abroad. In Germany, more than half of the internationally oriented Bachelor degrees are taught entirely in English. Around three quarters of the international master’s programs and doctoral programs have English as their sole teaching language. With an upward trend.
Since the fall of 2005, the TOEFL in Europe is exclusively carried out at certified testing centres as an internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Since then, the old version of the computer-based test (TOEFL CBT) is no longer offered.
The Paper-Based-Version of the TOEFL is occasionally requested and accepted, however it is not as common as the iBT. Nevertheless, numerous universities, colleges and educational institutions continue to publish the minimum number of points required (minimum scores) in the point systems of the paper-based TOEFL or the computer-based TOEFL. In this case you will have to convert the required number of points with help of a comparison table (see below) into the TOEFL-iBT format.
This is also true if you read other – as out of date- information about the TOEFL. Nowadays, you can only take the TOEFL iBT. The TOEFL PBT will only be accepted on very rare occasions and then only for very specific reasons. The only exceptions are institutions, such as MBAhelp, ebs or some colleges, which perform an institutional version of the TOEFL PBT. This is called TOEFL ITP (TOEFL Institutional Testing Program). This TOEFL ITP can only be used for applications to institutions which recognise this format. You should therefore only take the ITP if you are applying exclusively to such institutions (for example for a semester abroad at a partner university or at the ebs in Oestrich-Winkel which also performs the TOEFL ITP). Should you, however, want to apply at several universities then you should take the TOEFL-iBT which is recognised worldwide.