TOEFL Tests

All English-medium universities require evidence of English-language proficiency.

The most commonly accepted test worldwide is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the U.S., which also manages the SAT, PSAT, and AP tests. Other recognized English proficiency tests include IELTS and TOEIC.

Students who are citizens of English-speaking countries are not required to take these tests. Universities generally waive the requirement for students who have spent six consecutive years in an English-speaking school, such as Saint Maur (for examples, Grades 7-12 without interruption).However, even if the TOEFL test is not required, it can be advantageous to students who have not lived for most of their lives in an English-speaking country. Since the test is designed for foreign-language learners, our students tend to get quite impressive results. The test has four sections (reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills), each worth up to 30 points, with a maximum total of 120 points. Frequently a high TOEFL score can help to compensate for low SAT scores in the college admissions process.

All students at Saint Maur are introduced to the format of the TOEFL test during intensive classes in May of Grade 10, after their IGCSE exams are over. They also take a Mock TOEFL Test in June of Grade 10, and again one year late in June of Grade 11 to measure their progress. In Semester II of Grade 11, IB Certificate students also have intensive classes preparing them for the TOEFL test, spread over February through May. As a result, students are in the best position to take the TOEFL test immediately after summer vacation begins in June. (It is best to do so as soon as possible after school ends, rather than in the middle or end of the summer.)

Students register online for the TOEFL test (much the same way as the SAT tests), at the official website: http://www.ets.org/toefl/. The test is offered at many different locations in Yokohama and Tōkyō throughout the year.