Test of English as a Foreign Language

As part of the FPGEC Certification Program, you must take and achieve the minimal acceptable score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT). You must take the TOEFL iBT at an Educational Testing Service (ETS) test center located within one of the NABP member and associate member jurisdictions including the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Australia, eight Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan), and New Zealand. The FPGEC will no longer accept TOEFL iBT score reports from international ETS test site locations. Check with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for dates and locations.

The TOEFL iBT is the sole English language proficiency examination accepted for new candidates seeking FPGEC Certification. Paper-based TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE) score reports are only accepted from candidates who applied for FPGEC Certification before April 1, 2010, and took those examinations before June 30, 2010.

Please be aware that new minimum TOEFL iBT passing standards have been implemented as a requirement for FPGEC Certification. The new minimum scores and implementation timeline are below.

New TOEFL iBT Passing Standards for FPGEC Certification

  • Reading: 22 (previous score 21)
  • Listening: 21 (previous score 18)
  • Speaking: 26 (no change)
  • Writing: 24 (no change)

Effective March 1, 2014, all new FPGEC candidates must meet the new TOEFL iBT passing standards.

Current FPGEC candidates who have passed the FPGEE prior to March 1 may complete the TOEFL iBT with the previous minimum acceptable scores before June 1, 2014, for certification. 

As of June 1, 2014, all current candidates who have not met all requirements for certification, including passing the FPGEE, must meet the new minimum score requirements of the TOEFL iBT in order to obtain certification.

Please note that as of June 1, 2014, only the new minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL iBT will be accepted for FPGEC Certification purposes. 

Use institution code 9103 to have an official report of your TOEFL iBT scores mailed to the FPGEC.

You may take the TOEFL iBT at any time during the FPGEC Certification process; however, ETS will only forward score reports for up to two years following a test date.