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This in person only course will give you the knowledge, material, skills, and strategies to help you get a good score on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) in order to enter an English-speaking university program. This class is in-person, there is no online option at this time.

During the course, you will learn the format and specific tasks required on all four sections of the TOEFL iBT: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. You will learn strategies for each task and practice them through a series of in-class exercises. The course also builds vocabulary and grammar necessary to succeed both on the TOEFL iBT and in an academic environment.

At the end of the course, you will take an actual TOEFL iBT test and receive a score that can be used to apply to academic institutions.

This program is for people living in the local community. It cannot be used to obtain or maintain a student visa.

Upcoming Dates

Summer 2024
May 13 - July 5, 2024

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Cost

The cost for each student is $200, plus an additional $55 for the textbook. All other program costs are generously paid for by Zions Bank. 

Who Is Eligible?

Eligibility for the TOEFL course is determined through testing. Testing is done on a computer. You will be tested for reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. During the test, we will provide scratch paper and pencils. At a minimum, qualified applicants will be able to confidently say the following about their English skills:

  • I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
  • I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
  • I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where English is spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
  • I can interact about experiences, events, impressions and feelings provided that I can prepare beforehand. I can ask for or give simple clarifications and can respond to comments and questions in some detail.
  • I can interact with a group working on a project, provided there are visual aids such as images, statistics and graphs to clarify more complex concepts.

Steps for Enrollment

  1. Submit the Application Form

    Students must be:

    • At least 18 years old
    • Literate in their first language
    • Preparing to pursue higher education 
  2. Select Program Placement Test Date

    After we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a placement test. Placement tests are offered within the month prior to the start of each semester.

  3. Take Placement Test

    The TOEFL placement test consists of four major components which takes a maximum of one hour. This is a web-based exam. We will send you directions for how to complete the exam once your application is approved.  

  4. Get Your Score and Level

    If your score is too low, we encourage you to take English classes to improve your skills and return to take the placement test in the future.

  5. Pay Tuition and Fees

    As a student you will only pay $200 + $55 for the book. Payment can be made with cash, credit card, debit card, or check issued to the University of Utah. Payment is due prior to the first day of class so that the textbook can be ordered in time.

Contact Us

To learn more about the TOEFL classes, contact us: 801-581-4600 | eli@utah.edu

Last Updated: 1/31/24