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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.


TOEFL Essentials Score Reporting

You can receive TOEFL Essentials score reports three ways; through the TOEFL® Showcase™ in ETS® Data Manager, via server feeds or via mail. You’ll receive scores as soon as 6–8 days after the test with test takers receiving scores about 6 days after the test.

TOEFL Essentials scores are valid for 2 years from the test date and will be included in the test-taker data in the TOEFL Search Service.


TOEFL Score Reporting Record Layout Update
 All institutions that accept all TOEFL score data electronically should review the TOEFL Score Reporting Record Layout and sample data files (zip) to ensure systems are properly configured to receive the score data.

For questions about the data layout, please contact Code Control at

MyBest® Scores

MyBest scores are the combination of an applicant’s best scores for each test section from all of their valid TOEFL Essentials scores for 2 years. It’s your choice to accept MyBest scores, based on your institution’s needs and goals.

Registered users have easy, on-demand, secure access to test-taker information, including the TOEFL Showcase feature, which will display TOEFL Essentials scores, additional measures of foundational skills (Vocabulary Knowledge and Sentence Construction), the Personal Video Statement, and sample Speaking and Writing responses.

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In the TOEFL Showcase feature, each score report automatically includes the writing and speaking samples, measures of foundational skills, and MyBest scores, so no action is required on your part.

TOEFL Online Score Verification System (OSVS)

You can also verify TOEFL Essentials scores with the OSVS, using the test taker’s appointment number and date of birth. A blue button labeled View OSVS Score Data has been added to your ETS Data Manager home screen on the ETS Institutional Portal.

If you are using the Scorelink® service report format in the ETS Data Manager, you will need to modify your system to accept new fields identified as "Filler." View an example of the TOEFL® Score Reporting Record Layout (PDF). If you have any questions about this option, please contact Code Control at

Automatically download scores from the ETS server to a client server after a one-time setup by your IT or technology staff. Data files containing TOEFL scores are made available approximately twice a week via the internet.

Learn more about Automated Server-to-Server Feeds.

Updating your data system

If you receive scores electronically, adding scores will require a minor change to your TOEFL test dataset layout.

If you or your third-party vendor are using the Scorelink service delivery, view the TOEFL® Score Reporting Record Layout (PDF). If you have any questions about this option, please contact Code Control at

For institutions still receiving them, paper score reports for the TOEFL Essentials test have security features to help prevent forgeries.

Download a Sample Institutional Paper Score Report (PDF).