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.
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|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
|50% academic English and 50% general English contexts
|100% academic English context
|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
|Breadth with shorter, faster-paced tasks for an energetic experience
|Depth with longer, interconnected tasks for an immersive experience
|About 1.5 hours
|Just under 2 hours
|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
|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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