Comparing the TOEFL® Essentials and TOEFL iBT® Tests

The TOEFL® Essentials test has a unique and distinct design that makes it the perfect complement to the TOEFL iBT® test. It balances quality with convenience, affordability and access to meet the needs of applicants who might not be inclined to take the TOEFL iBT test.

TOEFL Essentials TestTOEFL iBT Test
What it MeasuresFoundational elements of English proficiency in both academic and non-academic contextsApplied English communication in an academic context
Who's likely to take itStudents looking for a test that blends quality and convenience with an engaging formatAspiring students looking to stand out
Content50% academic English and 50% general English100% academic English
EmphasisBreadth with shorter, faster-paced tasksDepth with longer, interconnected tasks
Length1-1/2 hours3 hours
Format4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
5-minute personal video statement (not scored)
4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Main Test Design PrincipleDesigned to be a highly efficient, adaptive test that measures the full spectrum of English proficiency (CEFR A1 to C2) accurately with fewer test items and in just 1-1/2 hoursDesigned to be the most effective assessment of applied English communication in academic contexts, with a range corresponding to CEFR B1 to C2.
Presentation of Test ItemsAdjust to the test taker's skill level in an adaptive formatCarefully selected and matched in coherent, integrated sets simulating actual communication
DeliveryAt home, using the same platform, technology and security as the TOEFL iBT® Home EditionAt a test center, or at home with the TOEFL iBT Home Edition

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