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Equipment and Environment Requirements

You must verify that your computer and testing room meet the following requirements before you register for the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition. If they don't, you won't be able to test.

Equipment

Computer

  • Desktop or laptop computer; you can't use a tablet or mobile device
    • PC: Windows® operating system, versions 10, 8 or 7
    • MAC®: Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra is recommended).
  • Chrome or Firefox® browser

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Speaker

  • Use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor.
  • Headsets or earphones aren't allowed.

Microphone

  • Use an internal or external microphone that isn't part of a headset to communicate with the proctor.

Camera

  • Can be a built-in camera in the computer or a separate webcam.
  • Camera must be able to show the proctor a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test.

Environment and Testing Space

Privacy

  • You must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test.
  • You can't take the test in a public space such as a park, internet cafe or restaurant.

Tabletop and seating

  • Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
  • The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test.
  • You must sit in a standard chair; you can't sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
  • Food and drink aren't allowed during the test.

Clothing and appearance

  • Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat or other items.
  • Dress appropriately for your test. You'll be monitored via camera by the proctor, and your photo will be shared with institutions that receive your scores.
  • Avoid wearing such items as jewelry, tie clips, cuff links, ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories.

Note-taking Materials

  • You may not take notes on regular paper, for security purposes.
  • You may use 1 of the following to take notes:
    • Whiteboard with erasable marker, no pencil or pen
    • Paper with transparent sheet protector and erasable marker
  • You'll be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.

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