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COVID-19 Update: TOEFL® and GRE® Testing

September 4, 2020

As the higher education community is settling into a new semester like no other, we wanted to provide a few updates about the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition and GRE® General Test at home, and the expansion of in-person testing in China.

The at home tests — Today, we're announcing the extension of the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the GRE General Test at home through October, and we are working to extend that date further. Be assured that ETS intends to offer the at home tests as long as COVID-19 is a concern so that students can opt to take the test from the safety of home. And it remains available even in areas where test centers have reopened so that students can choose which option works best for them.

More than 300,000 students from 163 countries and territories have registered to take these at home tests, and we wanted to share with you a few of the comments we've received from those who appreciated having this flexibility:

ETS is still offering webinars about the at home tests, so if you haven't already, please register for an upcoming webinar or visit these pages for the latest information about resources available during the pandemic, including the at home tests:

Testing in China — The Chinese government's National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) has announced an expanded number of test dates and test centers where they will offer in-person administrations for the TOEFL iBT test and GRE General Test through the end of September.

  • The TOEFL iBT test will be offered on 8 test dates at over 30 test centers, with more centers being added during the month. Prospective candidates can learn more at Those unable to take the in-person test at this time due to limited availability are encouraged to register for the TOEFL ITP® Plus for China solution. Visit for details on the solution, setting score requirements and receiving scores, FAQs, and for the updated list of accepting institutions, now 565 worldwide.
  • The GRE General Test will be offered on 5 test dates at 25 test centers, with more centers being added during the month. Prospective candidates can learn more at

ETS is also working closely with NEEA to add additional test dates through the end of the year once regular testing resumes.

Thank you for your continued partnership, and should there be any further assistance that ETS can provide to you during this time, please don't hesitate to ask.


Michelle Hampton
TOEFL Client Relations

Matt Bashi-Kadlubowski
GRE Client Relations