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TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

Expand your range of applicants with a testing option that has the quality, reliability and security you expect from a TOEFL test

Select any step to learn more about using TOEFL® EssentialsTM scores.


About the TOEFL Essentials Test

The TOEFL Essentials test expands your program’s range of applicants and offers another testing option with all of the quality, reliability and security you expect from a TOEFL test. The test measures the four core skills — Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking — in a multistage adaptive format, in about 1.5 hours.

You can use the TOEFL Essentials test to make decisions about:

  • the English-language proficiency of international students who apply for admission into universities and high schools
  • students' placement in English-language proficiency classes
  • requirements for an overall indication of English-language proficiency

Why Accept TOEFL Essentials?

Learn about the benefits of the test and how accepting TOEFL Essentials scores can help your program attract new and diverse applicants.

Compare Tests

See how TOEFL Essentials compares to the TOEFL iBT test.

Test Security

Our approach to test security ensures the integrity of TOEFL scores.

Setting Score Requirements

View the score scale and get tips on how to set score requirements to ensure success in your program.

Score Reporting

Receive scores through the TOEFL® Showcase™ to get an expanded view of applicants, or by server feeds or by mail.

TOEFL® Essentials™ Information Bulletin

The test-taker Bulletin contains complete information on registration, identification (ID) requirements, score reporting information, policies and procedures.

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