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Preparation Checklist

The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition can help keep your dreams on track. The checklist below provides an overview to help guide you throughout the process. Make sure to review all the detailed information on this website so you're able to properly register and successfully take the test.


  • Computer: Desktop/laptop. PC with Windows® operating system version 10, 8 or 7, or a Mac® computer with Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra recommended)
  • Browser: Chrome or Firefox® browser
  • Speaker: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Microphone: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Camera: internal or external, to show a 360-degree view of room to proctor

Test Browser and Systems Check


  • Log in to your ETS account to start your registration and pay for your test. You'll choose your test date and time in a later step.
  • Wait for an email from ProctorU with the link and temporary password to access your new ProctorU account.
  • Use your ProctorU account to schedule your test date and time, and complete your registration.
  • Check for the ProctorU confirmation email.

Before You Test

  • Make sure your equipment meets the ProctorU technical requirements and any issues from the systems check are resolved prior to check-in.
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed to test to prevent bandwidth issues.
  • Have your ID and a small mirror or your mobile phone ready for check-in.
  • Make sure your testing area is private, and free of people and distractions.
  • Sit at a desk or table with a standard chair (no bed, couch or overstuffed chair). Clear the area of all items not approved for use during your test.
  • Have your note-taking materials ready — a small desktop whiteboard or a blank sheet of paper with transparent sheet protector and erasable marker.
  • Dress appropriately — make sure your ears and face remain visible throughout the test; don’t wear jewelry, tie clips or other accessories.

Your Test Session

  • Log in to your ProctorU account at your appointment time to start your session.
  • Complete the check-in steps with the proctor.
  • Launch the ETS Test Browser when directed to by the proctor. The proctor will provide the password.
  • Expect the entire check-in process to take about 20 minutes.

Need Help?

Review the information on this website for in-depth information about the policies and procedures outlined above. This includes a step-by-step video that shows you how to start your registration with ETS and complete your registration with ProctorU.

If you need help with your accounts, rescheduling or any other issue related to the at home process, contact us.