Spring break will be extended one week for students at the colleges of DCCCD.
Classes will not be held March 16-29 as faculty and staff prepare to transition to working, teaching and learning remotely. Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information.

TOEFL Testing

The Test of English as a Foreign Language

Measuring the Proficiency of the English Language Usage of Non-Native Speakers

  • Scores are accepted by more than 6,000 colleges and universities.
  • Examinees must sign a Confidentiality Statement as required by ETS; this is provided by the Testing Center.
  • El Centro Testing Center is open to everyone who is properly registered, regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. 

How long is the test?

  • Internet-based test that takes 5 hours

What does it contain?

  • Reading - measures the ability to understand academic reading material
  • Listening - measures the ability to understand spoken English as it is used in colleges and universities
  • Speaking - measures the ability to speak English in an academic context
  • Writing - measures the ability to write in a way that is appropriate for college and university coursework

What can I expect in the testing session?

  • Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen and then write in response to a question

The El Centro Testing Center is an ETS Certified Test Administration Site.

  • CTAS Facility Administrator
  • 15 Internet-connected computers, which run the Windows Operating System and are no more than 3 years old
  • The ability to dedicate these resources to ETS testing only on 15-30 test dates per year, primarily Fridays and Saturdays
  • The ability to restrict other activities in the room during an estimated 6-hour test period
  • Verifying test registrations
  • Seating students at individual computers
  • Ensuring ETS testing software is working properly on each PC

Links for Additional Information:

  • TOEFL Facts (Information & Registration Bulletins for Information about TOEFL Internet-based test)
  • Practice Tests