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TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

A friendly and convenient English-language test with the quality that universities respect

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Compare TOEFL Essentials to Other Tests

See how the TOEFL Essentials test compares to other English-language tests. With its innovative test design, it combines the convenience and affordability you want, without compromising the quality institutions trust. As a reliable and accurate TOEFL test from ETS, it shows universities that you hold yourself to high quality standards.

 

TOEFL
Essentials Test

Duolingo® English Test

IELTS® Academic1

Pearson® Test of English2

Test Experience

Convenient at home access

yes

yes

no

yes

Shorter test time (about 1.5 hours or less)

yes

yes

no

no

Affordable cost (US$120 or less)

yes

yes

no

no

Can be completed in 1 test session

yes

yes

no

yes

Speaking responses are recorded at the computer, eliminating the potential biases of an in-person interview.

yes

yes

no

yes

Test Design

Includes academic communication tasks3

yes

no

yes

yes

Includes a Personal Video Statement (unscored)

yes

yes4

no

no

Measures English proficiency for communication, beyond basic language knowledge

yes

no5

yes

yes

Items are developed by human assessment experts rather than auto-generated by computers.

yes

no

yes

yes

Scores and Security

View unofficial listening and reading scores at the end of the test

yes

no

no

no

Scores sent in 6 days or less

yes

yes

yes

yes

Test fee includes unlimited score reports sent to institutions

yes

yes

no

yes

Reports section scores for the 4 core English proficiency skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking

yes

no6

yes

yes

Reports foundational skills in addition to section scores

yes

no

no

yes7

At home test security includes live, human proctoring for 100% of the test administration, in addition to AI security measures

yes

no

N/A8

no

Writing and speaking responses are scored by anonymous human raters assisted by AI technology, rather than by machine alone

yes9

no

no

no

1 These descriptions do not apply to IELTS Indicator or the IELTS General Training test.

2 These descriptions do not apply to the Versant™ test from Pearson.

3 For a review of the tasks in the Duolingo English Test, see Wagner (2019).

4 Called the "video interview" in the Duolingo English Test.

5 The Duolingo English Test does not contain extended reading or listening comprehension tasks.

6 Duolingo English Test subscores are called Literacy, Comprehension, Conversation and Production, which do not correspond to the skills most institutions use when setting skill requirements: listening, reading, writing and speaking. (Source: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/scores)

7 Called "enabling skills" in the Pearson Test of English.

8 At home option not available for this test.

9 Responses to the Writing and Speaking tasks of the TOEFL Essentials test will initially be evaluated by certified human raters. Use of artificial intelligence (AI) scoring engines will be added in the near future, further assisting human raters to increase the accuracy and consistency of scores.