Indian students aspiring to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL iBT can save up on the registration cost, thanks to a recent announcement by the Education Testing Service (ETS), which allows them to save up to 25% on the TOEFL iBT.
With this new pricing, students can save more than 3,480 INR (48 USD) on the TOEFL iBT test, bringing the test total to around 10,300 INR. This is applicable to those prepping up for graduate and professional courses in Europe, the US, Canada, and other destinations. Test takers who register for the exclusive discount on the TOEFL iBT test when they register for the GRE General Test, ETS announced today. From May 1, when registering for the GRE, test takers can save 25% on their TOEFL iBT test registration.
- When you register for the GRE, you can save 25% on your TOEFL iBT test registration.
- The TOEFL iBT test can be taken in a test centre or at home using a computer (TOEFL iBT Home Edition).
- This deal makes the TOEFL iBT and GRE combo less expensive than comparable examinations - for example, it is more than 30% less expensive than taking the GMAT® and IELTS® together, saving roughly 36,500 INR (122 USD).
Lejo Oommen, Managing Director of ETS India, which conducts the TOEFL iBT says, “It is understandable that cost is often a factor that tops the minds of students planning their graduate studies. This will give Indian test takers a greater ease and more options as they work on their applications and showcase their skills with the most preferred graduate admissions tests around the globe.”
TOEFL iBT Trends and Impact Of New Pricing
Trends on the TOEFL iBT scores across several categories such as student level, test use, country or region, etc reveal some interesting facts. Comparing TOEFL iBT scores from test takers in India from 2016 to 2020, there is an increase in the overall score, with students faring well across three of the four sections – reading, writing, speaking and listening- from an average total score of 93 in 2016 to 96 in 2020.
“This is very promising but also unsurprising, as the calibre of test takers from India is incredibly strong and their presence in universities around the globe is indispensable,” says Srikant Gopal, Executive Director of the TOEFL Program, ETS.
On the test discount for Indian students, Gopal says test takers will appreciate this, especially since it represents the most affordable combination of graduate admissions tests. “We’re confident test takers will find the savings, together with the vast acceptance and preference of the TOEFL iBT and GRE, and the tests’ convenient options (e.g., in person, at home) helpful as they prepare their application portfolios and plan for the next step in their education journey,” Gopal tells Yocket.
What is the TOEFL Exam?
The TOEFL iBT® test assesses a person's ability to use and comprehend English at a university level. The TOEFL® test has been taken by over 35 million people worldwide to verify their English language ability. The test assesses their academic listening, reading, speaking, and writing abilities. The TOEFL iBT is currently available in exam centres, as well as in Home Edition and Paper Edition formats. As a result, students can now take the TOEFL iBT in three different ways:
- At a testing centre, on a computer
- At home, on the computer
- In a testing centre, on paper
What is the GRE Exam?
The Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is a globally recognised standardised test administered by the ETS. The exam serves as an internationally recognised report card for graduate and post-graduate students all over the world. In 2021, Indians were highest test takers of GRE. By taking the GRE exam, you can apply to universities in the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, and many other countries.