Campus Named Official TOEFL Testing Site
Aug 06, 2012
The Roanoke Valley Campus has recently been approved to be a hosting site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The TOEFL exam measures a student’s command of the English language. It is used by colleges to evaluate the ability of non-native English speaking students and their potential with success in an academic program. It has become one of the primary admission tools for non-native speaking students wishing to study at any American university.
Saturday, July 29thth was the inaugural test administration for Roanoke Valley Campus as an official test site, after meeting the rigorous standards required to offer this exam. Fourteen serious, determined students from nearly as many different countries were here to test their competency in English for up to 7 hours. Campus instructors Jayne Atkins, Bejai Powell, and Teresa Duschean were the trained proctors who assisted throughout the first test administration. Security is a priority at the TOEFL agency and testing standards are equivalent to the GRE or SAT.
For students in National College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, this new hosting capability will offer convenience as they will now be able to take the exam at the same place where they prepared for it. The campus currently has approximately 45 students from 4 different countries enrolled in the program who have come to the United States to be immersed in the American experience and to acquire sufficient skills in English. While here in the Roanoke Valley, ESL students at National College attend six 8-week terms at incrementally more challenging levels as they learn to communicate in English both orally and in writing.
Students Laura Garcia, Jee Hyun Ha, and Yoon Cho Kim prepare for the exam.
English as a Second Language: (ESL)
Preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL (ESL)