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Coronavirus (COVID-19) TOEFL® Test Update

Updated February 18, 2020

ETS has been closely following the public health situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ETS and the TOEFL® program remain committed to the health and safety of the public while supporting test takers and universities with accurate and timely information. This page will serve as a consolidated resource for university and college admissions staff and faculty to source important information regarding TOEFL® test administrations and test taker support initiatives, so we recommend bookmarking this page.

Test Cancellations

ETS and the Chinese National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) have canceled all TOEFL test administrations in Mainland China through the end of March. Test administrations in Hong Kong are scheduled to resume on February 29, 2020. Test administrations in all other locations are taking place as scheduled.

Test Rescheduling

Test takers originally scheduled for February and March testing in Mainland China can register for a later date at no charge. Test registrations have been automatically canceled, and fees have been returned to test takers' NEEA accounts so that they can proceed with the reschedule process.

Support for Test Takers

ETS and the TOEFL program are committed to supporting students whose tests have been canceled. Recent initiatives include:

  • Providing a free TOEFL® Practice Online (TPO) test to all affected students in Mainland China. Students received an authorization code in their NEEA TOEFL iBT® accounts.
  • Encouraging students to take advantage of other free TOEFL practice resources, including:
  • Providing frequent updates and information through official TOEFL communities on the Chinese social media sites Sina Weibo and WeChat, as well as on Facebook®.
  • Working with on-the-ground partners in China to ensure test seats will be available once the government gives the go-ahead to resume testing.
  • Connecting with universities and college admissions offices to provide support and emphasize that the delays in scores are of no fault of the test takers.

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If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email us at toeflnews@ets.org.

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