The Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used to evaluate the English proficiency of students whose first language is not English. It evaluates the student’s knowledge of English at the intermediate to advanced levels of English language studies.
The Institutional TOEFL test is only valid at UTEP. If you need to take the TOEFL test for another institution, you will need to register on the official TOEFL website.
Who is required to take the TOEFL Test?
Undergraduate Admissions – The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will consider all relevant information to determine if you are required to take the TOEFL. Call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment 915-747-5890
Graduate Admissions – The Office of Graduate Student Services will determine which tests you need to take for admission to Graduate School. Call the Graduate Student office at 915-747-5491
Please make sure that you check accordingly before taking this test, there are no refunds.
Step 1: Determine if you need to take the test
Step 2: Payment Procedures
Step 3: Register for a test session
Format of the Test
The Institutional TOEFL is delivered via paper/pencil format and has three multiple-choice sections:
- Listening Comprehension – this section measures the ability to understand English as it is spoken in the United States.
- Structure and Written Expression – this section measures the ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English.
- Reading Comprehension – this section measures the ability to understand non-technical reading matter.
The approximate time for the TOEFL test is 2.5 hours.
On the Day of the Test
Acceptable Forms of Identification
Identification (ID) Requirements
Acceptable ID documents vary according to the location of the test administration. Therefore, you should use your best judgment regarding the authenticity of the ID documents presented by individuals who are not known to you personally. However, with few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements.
Each ID must:
- Be an original document; photocopies will not be accepted
- Be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
- Include the test taker’s full name, matching exactly the name used to register, excluding accents or spaces
- Include a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker’s appearance (if your picture is not recent be prepared to show a supplemental ID)
- Include the test taker’s signature (the name and signature on the ID document must match)
Acceptable Primary ID Documents
The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within the test taker’s country of citizenship:
- Passport with name, photograph and signature
- Driver’s license with photograph and signature
- State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies, with photograph and signature
- National ID with photograph and signature
- Military ID with photograph and signature
Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents (this ID is to be used only if we have questions in regards to your primary ID)- This ID CANNOT BE USED BY ITSELF
Supplemental ID documents cannot be used to resolve name discrepancies. The name on the primary ID must exactly match the name used to register, excluding accent marks and spaces. If a test taker cannot provide a supplemental ID listed below that contains a signature, they can present two government-issued IDs with photographs, as long as they are in the same name used to register.
The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:
- Government-issued ID including, but not limited to, those listed under Acceptable Primary ID
- Student ID
- Confirmation of Identity Letter from the test taker’s educational institution: If a test taker does not have a passport, or if the passport does not include their signature and photograph, a letter on official letterhead from the school they most recently attended is an acceptable supplemental ID document. The letter must have a photograph glued (not stapled) to it, and the title, signature and seal of the official who issued the letter must overlap the photograph, as shown below. Student letters are valid for one year after date of issue.
Unacceptable ID Documents
The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:
- Any document that is photocopied or expired
- Any document that does not match exactly the name used to register
- International driver’s license
- Draft classification card
- International student ID
- Credit/debit card of any kind
- Notary-prepared letter or document
- Birth certificate
- Any temporary ID card
- Employee ID card
- Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card
- Received your secondary education (high school) in a language other than English
- Attended English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English as a Second Language (ESL), or bilingual classes in high school
- Took the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test and scored below 600 as part of your admission requirement.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED:
FOOD, DRINKS, HATS, MECHANICAL PENCILS, ALL TYPES OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES, ALL TYPES OF WATCHES, AND CONCEALED HANDGUNS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE TEST ROOM!
- All TOEFL test scores are valid for 2 years after your test date.
- Scores will be available to view on mystatus.utep.edu approximately 10-15 business days after your test date.
- Official score report copies will be available to pick up approximately 20 business days after your test date.
- Examinees may call our office at 915-747-5009 to verify if scores are available to pick up. IMPORTANT: The examinee is the ONLY person authorized to pick up score reports with current and valid picture identification. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Undergraduate Admissions
- Graduate Admissions
- Minimum passing score is 550*
- *Contact the Graduate School for more information on score requirements
UTEP Codes: ACT: 4223; AP, CLEP, SAT, TOEFL: 6829; THEA: 357; DSST: 8021