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TOEFL® EssentialsTM

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

Select any step to learn more about your TOEFL® EssentialsTM journey.


How to Register for the TOEFL Essentials Test

The easiest way to register is through your ETS account, but you can also register by phone or by mail by filling out the Registration Form (PDF). For instructions, see “How to Register” in the TOEFL® Essentials™ Information Bulletin (PDF). The Bulletin also contains complete instructions for registration, forms, score reporting information, policies and procedures.


The Name You Use When Creating an ETS Account

When you create an account, make sure the name and date of birth you use exactly matches the name and date of birth that appears on the identification (ID) document you’ll present on the day of the test. If this information doesn’t match, you won’t be able to take the test and your test fee won’t be refunded. For more information, see ID Requirements.

What you can use your ETS account for

You can use your ETS account to register for the TOEFL Essentials test, as well as:

  • View, reschedule or cancel your registration
  • Apply for or view approved testing accommodations
  • Purchase official test prep
  • Sign up for the free TOEFL Search Service
  • View or download your scores
  • Order additional score reports or other services
  • Update personal information, such as your email or mailing address

Planning ahead when scheduling your test date

It's important to consider your overall timeline when choosing a test date. You need to make sure scores will be sent prior to application deadlines, and you may want to leave time for retesting, if needed. Be sure to: 

  • pick a test date at least 2 to 3 months before your earliest admissions deadline to ensure your scores will be reported in time
  • register for the test 4 months before your desired test date

Canceling and rescheduling

The easiest way to cancel or reschedule a test is through your ETS account.

You can also cancel or reschedule by phone. Visit the TOEFL contact center to find local information.

Reschedule and cancellation fees may apply. For additional information about canceling, rescheduling, fees, refunds and the test retake policy, see “How to Cancel or Reschedule Your Test” in the Bulletin.