The number of those taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (Toefl) in 2012 rose seven per cent over the previous year, data from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which conducts the test, revealed.

A statement from the ETS said 67 per cent of Toefl test takers in India were male and 33 per cent were female. The mean age for test-takers last year was 22.9 years.

Institutions

The number of test-takers has risen in other countries as well. The increase in the number of institutions accepting Toefl scores is seen as the prime reason for the trend.

Another reason could be the acceptance of scores by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship for student visas.

The scores are accepted in 8,500 institutions across 130 countries