Education, Language

Who Should Take the TOEFL Exam?

“I am John, a physical therapist. I am currently taking TOEFL review classes are a requirement for my NPTE exam. I am just wondering what other professions need the TOEFL to work overseas.”

There are a lot of people who are reviewing for the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination. These individuals are often professionals applying for a visa in other English speaking countries overseas. If you are a Filipino and you want to work overseas, taking English proficiency examinations such as the TOEFL is needed. Though Filipinos are good at using the English language, most countries and even companies have made it a major requirement for their applicants.

Now, who should take the TOEFL exam?

Anyone can take the TOEFL, it all depends on the English proficiency requirement the country or the institution they are applying for needs. People who take the TOEFL have many purposes. For example, physical therapists here in our county take the TOEFL as a requirement for the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE) – a licensure examination for physical therapists in the United States. Without the TOEFL, Filipino physical therapists cannot take the NPTE.

Nurses, applying for the United States and even in the UK, are required to take the TOEFL. These institutions have set score requirements for the applicants to achieve. Failure to do so means a retake of the examination.

Further, if you are someone who is planning to take degree courses of post-graduate studies in the US and UK, a TOEFL score requirement should be presented. These universities have to make sure that students applying for their universities are individuals who can survive not only the academic environment but also the environment where everyone speaks in English – in and out of the classroom. Students should be able to understand classroom discussions in English and can be in conversation with other students to ensure productivity and academic success.

Since TOEFL is very important, candidates for the examination should give reviewing a huge importance. TOEFL test takers have to prepare for the examination by getting TOEFL manuals and reviewers, or better yet, enrol in TOEFL review centers in their area. With these review centers, they will be guided accordingly to the skill building needs for the examination. Moreover, these centers give quality training and expose their students to different mock exams to make them familiar with the test.

Anyone can take the TOEFL; however, to make sure that candidates are not wasting time and money, search more on the requirements online or even contact the institution about their English language test requirement.


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