skip to main content skip to footer


TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

A convenient, friendly and trusted English-language test

Select any step to learn more about the TOEFL® EssentialsTM test.

How to Register for the TOEFL Essentials Test

Watch these videos to learn about the at home testing process and how students can create an ETS account to register for the test.

Play video thumbnail

TOEFL At Home Testing

View the entire at home testing process, including:

  • how to register
  • how to verify equipment and environment requirements
  • what to expect on test day
  • what to do after the test session

View Transcript

Play video thumbnail

How to Create an ETS Account

Planning ahead

It's important that students consider their overall timeline when choosing a test date. They need to make sure scores will be sent prior to application deadlines, and they may want to leave time for retesting. Test takers should:

  • plan to take the TOEFL Essentials test 2 to 3 months before their earliest application deadline
  • register for the test 4 months before their desired test date

Registration deadlines

  • Regular registration: 7 days before the test
  • Late registration: 2 days before the test (US$20 fee)
  • Reschedule a test: 4 days before the test (US$30 fee)
  • Cancel a test: 4 days before the test — see Refund Policies in the TOEFL Essentials Information Bulletin.