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TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

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

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How to Register for the TOEFL Essentials Test

Learn how to register for the TOEFL Essentials test, including how to create an ETS account to register online and important tips before you begin your at home testing experience.

How to register

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. The Bulletin also contains complete instructions for registration, forms, score reporting information, policies and procedures.

At home testing

You’ll take the TOEFL Essentials test at home, which means you can test from almost anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. Watch the videos below to learn about at home testing. Before you register, make sure that your computer and testing space meet the equipment and environment requirements.

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TOEFL At Home Testing

Get a walk-through of the entire at home testing process including:

  • equipment requirements
  • how to register online
  • what to do during and after your test

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Tech Tips

Learn how to run a bandwidth check before test day to make sure your internet connection will work properly on the day of your test.

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How to create an ETS account

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.

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Watch this step-by-step video to learn how to create an ETS account.

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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

Canceling and rescheduling

For information on how to cancel or reschedule your test, refunds, and the test retake policy, see the Bulletin.