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Llosa Wins Grant from ETS to Study TOEFL-iBT

Lorena Llosa of Teaching and Learning has received a grant from the Educational Testing Service for $74,858 for the project titled "Comparability of Students' Writing Performance on TOEFL-iBT and Introductory University Writing Courses."

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is taken by more than half a million students every year and used by more than 6,000 institutions and agencies in 110 countries to select students with the English skills needed to succeed. First introduced in 2005, the new TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL-iBT) measures all four language skills important for effective communication in academic settings and includes new test tasks in the Speaking and Writing sections that require the use of integrated skills. In order to gather information about the validity of this new version of the test, the study will examine the comparability of students' performance on the TOEFL-iBT writing tasks to their performance on actual academic writing tasks assigned in introductory writing courses at U.S. universities.