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TOEFL® EssentialsTM

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

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Comparing the TOEFL Essentials and TOEFL iBT® Tests

The TOEFL Essentials test has a unique 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 students who prefer shorter tasks to the more elaborate academic tasks found in the TOEFL iBT test.

You can also view how the TOEFL Essentials test compares to other English-language tests.

       TOEFL Essentials TOEFL iBT
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 1.5 hours Just under 2 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 1.5 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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