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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

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Why Accept the TOEFL Essentials Test?

The TOEFL Essentials test complements the other TOEFL tests in your portfolio, expanding your program’s range of applicants. Designed by the assessment experts at ETS, the TOEFL Essentials test provides a friendly, engaging experience for test takers, and valid, reliable, and accurate results for institutions.

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Supportive research and innovative design

ETS Senior Research Director, John Norris, explains the research behind the unique and innovative design of the TOEFL Essentials test.

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Test design

  • Academic and general content. The test measures English proficiency in a variety of environments, beyond just academic.
  • Adaptive format. Test delivery adjusts to the test taker's skill level to more precisely measure proficiency, using multistage adaptive methodology.
  • Shorter tasks. Friendly, faster-paced tasks are designed to attract test takers who perform well with that style of assessment.
  • A global test. Tasks provide a variety of mild accents and test situations from around the world, for a truly global feel.

Test format

  • Four core skills. The test has four sections, built around the core English-language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Foundational English skills. The test also measures specific, essential elements of English proficiency such as Vocabulary Knowledge and Sentence Construction.
  • 1.5 hours. The length and level of rigor are suitable for high-stakes admissions decisions.
  • Personal Video Statement. The 5-minute, unscored video recorded at the end of the test allows you to directly view test-taker responses to two general questions.

Test quality

Human experts are integral to the development and scoring of the test, unlike some tests that rely on only automated tools. Test items are:

  • written and prequalified by ETS human assessment experts
  • rigorously pretested with actual, human test populations to ensure reliability and fairness for diverse, global test populations
  • scored by both humans and AI tools, to ensure validity and accuracy

Secure at home testing

The test uses the same best-in-class technology, proctoring and security features as the TOEFL iBT® Home Edition.

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Easy registration and convenient delivery

  • Affordable cost. The final price will be approximately US$100–$120, less than half the cost of comparable tests.
  • Easy registration. Test takers register using the same platform as the TOEFL iBT test.
  • Convenient appointments. Test appointments are available around the clock, 1 day per week (with more days being added), as early as 24 hours after registration.
  • Worldwide availability. Students can test from anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection.

Instant scoring and MyBest® scores

  • MyBest® scores. All TOEFL Essentials score reports will include MyBest scores, the combination of the test taker's best TOEFL Essentials scores from all valid tests in the last 2 years.
  • Instant scoring. Test takers can see their unofficial Reading and Listening scores at the end of the test as an early indicator of their performance.
  • Unlimited score reports. Test takers can send as many score reports to institutions as they need to, at no additional cost.

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