English as a Second Language


The Test of English as a Foreign Language ™ (TOEFL®) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings.

Internet-Based TOEFL

The TOEFL® iBT (internet-based test) emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework. With internet-based testing, ETS can capture speech and score responses in a standardized manner.

The TOEFL iBT tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It requires students to combine two or more of these skills to respond to a question. For example, one might read a passage or listen to a lecture in English and then write or speak the answers in English. Sample questions, examples, and practice materials are available here.

The University of Oregon Testing Office is an official TOEFL iBT test site. The TOEFL iBT is offered on specific dates throughout the calendar year. Our schedule varies from month to month based on the days and start times proposed by ETS.

Register for the iBT TOEFL

Institutional TOEFL

The paper-based Institutional TOEFL is offered by the University of Oregon Testing Office. The institutional administration of the TOEFL exam is permitted only for individuals who have a relationship with the university—e.g. American English Institute (AEI) students, regular or CEP students, or anyone who has submitted an application to be a University of Oregon student. Lacking this relationship, testing through the institutional program is not permitted. Scores from the institutional administration of the TOEFL are sent only to the University of Oregon Admissions Office, the American English Institute (AEI), or University of Oregon academic departments.

Online registration is available only for AEI students. Simple click on Register for a Test. You will need your UO ID number to complete the form. 

Registration for regular University of Oregon students, CEP students, or applicants is in person at the Testing Center.  The test fee is $55.00, and proof of current University of Oregon student or applicant status is required. The paper-based TOEFL may only be taken once per term.

Upcoming dates for the Institutional TOEFL may be viewed by clicking Register for a Test and viewing the calendar and information listed. Only AEI students will be able to complete their registration online. All others must come to the Testing Center in person.

Testing information is available at the University of Oregon Testing Center (541-346-3230) or the American English Institute (541-346-3945).  

Register for a Test

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Academic English for International Students

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help newly-admitted international students develop expertise in English for academic purposes while they are studying at the University of Oregon. The results will be used to determine which AEIS classes, if any, students will be required to take to complete their degree program at the UO. The test has no effect on the student's overall standing within the university.

AEIS classes are regular credit bearing courses at the UO, and count towards University of Oregon graduation requirements (4 credits per course). AEIS is a part of an international student's degree requirement at the UO and should be completed during the first year of enrollment. 

AEIS Testing

Students must take the AEIS placement test and classes indicated if:

  • English is not their first language,
  • They do not have a TOEFL score of ≥88 or IELTS score of ≥7,
  • They do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a US university, and
  • They intend to graduate from the UO (they are not an exchange student only here for a short time)

The AEIS placement test is administered using a virtual remote proctoring service which allows students to take the test in their home, or other quiet, distraction-free location, using their own computer, headphones or earbuds with microphone, and a web cam. The test is computer adaptive and includes a reading, writing, and listening section.

The test costs $45.00 and will be charged to the student's UO account.

Students may only take the AEIS placement test one time, no exceptions. AEIS instructors will give a brief re-exam during the first week of every AEIS class to ensure that all students are in the correct course level.

Before the start of fall term you will receive an email notification with a voucher number so that you can take the AEIS placement test before you arrive on campus.

Instructions for AEIS Placement Test

Questions about the AEIS program can be sent to aeisinfo@uoregon.edu.

Other questions? Email us at testing@uoregon.edu.