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TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

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What to Expect on Test Day

Knowing what to expect when you take the TOEFL Essentials test will help ensure you're ready to do your best on test day. Learn about the at home testing procedures, including the materials you'll need and how to prepare your testing space.


Before you test, be sure to review the test day policies and procedures in the TOEFL® Essentials™ Information Bulletin (PDF).

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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Test day checklist

Are you ready to test?

  • Run a final Equipment Check and resolve all issues before your appointment time.
  • Close all applications and browsers, and make sure no other internet devices are running.
  • Have all materials needed: Passport or acceptable ID, approved note-taking materials and cellphone or handheld mirror for check in. See the Bulletin for ID requirements.
  • Make sure your computer and testing area meet all equipment and environment requirements.
  • Dress appropriately with ears and face visible. You can’t wear a face mask during check in or any part of the at home testing session.

Checking in

At your appointment time, click the "start your test" link in your appointment confirmation email or from your ETS account. You'll have 15 minutes after your scheduled time to begin your check in. If you haven't checked in by that time, your test will be canceled, and your fee won't be refunded.

After you select "Start Session," you'll complete various steps with the proctor. The check-in process takes about 20 minutes to complete.


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Getting help during the test

Learn how to interact with the proctor during your test if you need help or have a technical issue.

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Is there anything I can do ahead of time to prevent issues?

  • Bandwidth issues can prevent a successful testing experience. Before starting your test, close or shut down any other devices that may be using significant internet bandwidth.
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed for the test. This can help prevent bandwidth issues while you test.
  • Disable any screen-sharing or remote-access software prior to the test. You’ll need to keep it disabled throughout the test and set it so the software won’t open automatically during the test.

For additional information and troubleshooting help, visit the Equipment and Environment Requirements page.

What if I have an issue right before my test starts?

Your equipment will be checked again right before you test. The test proctor will tell you if there are any issues and you’ll have an opportunity to resolve those issues before the test begins.

If I have a technical issue, will my start time be extended?

Your equipment will be checked by the proctor before you begin the test. The timer for your test will not start until after your equipment is checked and you begin the test.

What if I have a technical issue during my test?

If you have a technical issue during your test, speak and wave to get the proctor's attention. If you still have internet access but have been disconnected from the test, notify the proctor via the chat function. You’ll see the chat icon on the lower right of your Guardian Browser screen.

What if I lose internet during the test?

If you lose your internet connection momentarily, you'll automatically be reconnected to the proctor when your connection is restored. If your exam can be reopened, your proctor will do so for you.

If you can't reconnect and speak to the proctor via the chat function, call the test proctor service at 1-855-772-8678 for assistance.


ETS is monitoring the reuse of devices and testing locations for unauthorized purposes. Frequent, inappropriate reuse of shared testing devices and common testing locations may result in the delay and/or cancellation of your scores. It could also impact your eligibility to take future ETS exams.