Industry Leader Kaplan Launches Online TOEFL Skills Assessment Introduction to the TOEFL Accessible Worldwide
Kaplan, Inc., a leading education and career
services company, today launched TOEFL Skills Assessment, an entirely
online introduction to the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL). Accessible at Kaplan’s test preparation and admissions Web
site www.kaptest.com, the TOEFL Skills Assessment expands access to
the hundreds of thousands of international students applying to
American universities and professional schools.
“Our new online TOEFL Skills Assessment is a targeted, convenient,
low-price product that enables students to find out where they stand
on the TOEFL,” said Leigh-Ellen Louie, President of Kaplan
International Programs. “The program measures the same skills as the
TOEFL, giving students an introduction to the test, customized
feedback on their performance and an approximation of their English
Students first log onto the assessment portion, which consists of 75
questions including listening comprehension, structure and reading
comprehension. After completing the assessment, students receive
targeted instructional feedback on TOEFL question types and
test-taking strategies as well as diagnostic feedback on the students’
own test-taking strengths and weaknesses. The TOEFL Skills Assessment
is priced at $20 and students can work through the program in three to
“Kaplan has been a leader in establishing the Internet as an effective
mode of educational delivery,” said Sharon Miller, Vice President and
General Manager of Kaplan Test Prep Online. “Through kaptest.com,
students worldwide can take advantage of the convenience and
flexibility of the Internet, receiving Kaplan’s hallmark assessment
and instruction regardless of their proximity to a Kaplan center.”
More than half a million international students studied in the United
States this year, an increase of 4.8% over last year’s total,
according to the Institute of International Education. This number is
expected to grow as the prestige of American degrees and the need for
English language skills increase. Approximately 600,000 people take
the TOEFL every year worldwide.
Kaplan’s online TOEFL Skills Assessment product adds to Kaplan’s range
of TOEFL preparation programs. Through Kaplan’s international
centers, students can access Kaplan’s English for TOEFL and University
Preparation, which focuses on the academic English language skills
needed for the TOEFL as well as the skills needed to gain admission to
and succeed in an American college or university.
Kaplan’s international unit operates throughout the U.S. and abroad.
In the U.S., Kaplan offers programs at eleven centers located on
college campuses and in major metropolitan areas. Kaplan
International is expanding rapidly overseas, currently operating 37
centers in 15 countries spanning Asia, Europe, Latin America and the
Middle East, mainly through local licensees.
Kaplan’s International Programs unit offers students and professionals
a full range of programs including intensive English instruction, test
preparation, university preparation and professional English training.
Kaplan International also provides services to government and
corporate sponsors including placement at top American universities,
fellowship management, academic monitoring and reporting and financial
administration. International students and professionals either travel
to Kaplan International’s own eleven U.S. centers or enroll in one of
Kaplan’s licensed centers abroad.
Kaplan, Inc. is a premier provider of educational and
career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan
offers test prep and admissions services (www.kaptest.com); K-12
educational programs for kids and parents through SCORE! Learning,
Inc. and eSCORE.com; on-site education and professional development at
schools and universities; books and software; continuing education and
licensing services for individuals and corporations through Kaplan
Professional (www.kaplanprofessional.com); and an extensive array of
bachelor and associate degrees, certificate and diploma programs
through The Kaplan Colleges group of institutions at
(www.KaplanCollege.com), which includes Concord University School of
Law, the nation’s only online law school (www.concordlawschool.com).
Kaplan, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post
Company (NYSE: WPO).
Kaplan is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company