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 prefer its format to the more elaborate academic tasks found in the TOEFL iBT test.
|TOEFL Essentials Test||TOEFL iBT Test|
|What it Measures||Measures foundational elements of English proficiency that indicate how test takers would function in both academic and non-academic contexts||Provides comprehensive, direct measurement of communicative language ability in an academic context|
|Who's likely to take it||Students looking for a test that blends quality and convenience with an engaging format||Aspiring students looking to stand out|
|Language Domain||50% academic English and 50% general English contexts||100% academic English context|
|Content||Tasks designed to efficiently measure proficiency, tailored to the test taker's ability level using multistage adaptive methodology||Carefully selected tasks that represent what students must do in an academic environment, requiring integration of all language skills|
|Emphasis||Breadth with shorter, faster-paced tasks for an energetic experience||Depth with longer, interconnected tasks for an immersive experience|
|Length||About 1-1/2 hours||About 3 hours|
|Format||4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking|
5-minute personal video statement (not scored)
|4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing|
|Main Test Design Principle||Designed to be a highly efficient, multistage 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 hours||Designed 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 Items||Adjust to the test taker's skill level in an adaptive format||Carefully selected and matched in coherent, integrated sets simulating actual communication|
|Delivery||At home, using the same platform, technology and security as the TOEFL iBT® Home Edition||At a test center, or at home with the TOEFL iBT Home Edition|
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