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TOEFL iBT® Test

The premier test of academic English communication

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Your At Home Test Day

If you’re taking the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, learn what to expect on test day and what to do before and during your testing session to make sure you have the best experience.

You’ll learn:

  • how to prepare your testing area
  • the check-in process
  • how to interact with your test proctor (the person who will be overseeing your test session)
  • how to solve and prevent technical issues
  • frequently asked questions and troubleshooting

Are you a Test Taker in Mainland China? For policies and procedures specific to Mainland China, visit https://toefl.cn/at-home.

 

Confirm Your Computer Meets the Equipment Requirements

Be sure to review the Equipment and Environment Requirements before registering for the test. If your computer doesn’t meet the technical requirements on test day, you won’t be able to test, and you won’t receive a refund or a free reschedule. If your computer doesn’t meet the requirements, consider taking the test at a test center.

At home testing tools

TOEFL iBT® Home Edition Checklist

 

Review how to register and prepare for at home testing and confirm you meet all testing requirements with this helpful reference checklist.

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At home testing videos

Watch the videos below to learn what you can expect on test day.

 

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TOEFL At Home Testing

This video walks you through the entire testing process from verifying equipment and environment requirements to what to do after your test session.

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Tech Tips

Get helpful technical tips to follow before and during your test to help avoid issues.

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Getting Assistance During the Test

Learn how to interact with the proctor during your test if you need help.

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ID Requirements and Test Procedures

Before you register, be sure to view the ID requirements and the TOEFL iBT® Information Bulletin (PDF) for complete instructions for registration, forms, score reporting information, policies and procedures.

Before your test session begins

 

  • Close all applications and any unnecessary browser windows or tabs on your computer. This can help prevent bandwidth issues while you test.
  • Stop, close or shut down any other devices in your household that may use significant internet bandwidth while you’re testing.
  • Gather the materials you'll need for your test session. These are the only materials permitted:
    • Passport or other acceptable identification. See ID requirements.
    • Acceptable note-taking materials, such as a whiteboard or plastic transparency sheet, that can be erased in view of the proctor
    • Cell phone or handheld mirror for check in (after check in, you should put these away somewhere inaccessible)
  • Make sure your testing area meets all environment requirements.
  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately, with your ears and face visible to the proctor. Avoid wearing any jewelry or other accessories. Face masks are prohibited during check in or any part of your at home testing experience.

The check-in process takes about 20 minutes.

  • At your appointment time, click the link to start your test in the confirmation email you received after registering, or in your ETS account. You'll have 15 minutes after your scheduled start time to begin your check in or your test will be canceled and you won’t be refunded.
  • Select "Start Session."
  • Show your identification to the test proctor. The name on your identification must match the name that you used when you registered for the test.
  • The proctor will request access to your computer screen and ask you to:
    • show your computer screen using a handheld mirror or cell phone.
    • move the camera on your computer to show a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface and the space below, and any other places in the room the proctor may wish to inspect.
  • Immediately before beginning your test, you’ll walk through one more Equipment Check with the proctor, who will attempt to assist in troubleshooting any issues.

To ensure your test day goes well, follow the procedures listed in the Bulletin, including the important rules below. If you don’t follow these rules, your test scores can be canceled, and your registration fee will not be refunded.

  • Don't communicate with anyone other than the proctor.
  • Don't use any unauthorized materials, including personal recording devices, mobile devices, smartwatches, prewritten notes or textbooks at any time during the test.
  • Certain behaviors will invalidate your test and can result in score cancelation. Avoid the following behaviors:
    • Talking out loud to yourself
    • Looking away from the screen 
    • Moving out of view of the camera  
    • Taking a break
  • Disable any screen-sharing or remote-access software (such as Zoom®, Skype®, TeamViewer®, Microsoft Teams®, Anydesk® and Apple Remote Desktop™) prior to the test. These must remain disabled throughout the test. Make absolutely sure that the software won’t open automatically during the test.
  • You will see instructions about headset checks. Ignore those references, since headsets are not used or allowed when testing at home.
  • ETS is monitoring reuse of devices and testing locations for unauthorized purposes. Frequent, inappropriate reuse of shared testing devices and common testing locations may result in score delay and/or score cancellation and could impact your eligibility to take future ETS exams.

  • During the test, the proctor will monitor you (via your webcam and your computer screen) to ensure you follow all testing procedures.
  • Make sure you can always be seen on camera by the proctor.
  • If you need to contact the proctor during your test, speak to get their attention and/or click the chat icon at the lower right of your Guardian Browser screen to open the chat box. It may take 30–60 seconds for the proctor to reply.
  • If the proctor is attempting to chat with you, the chat box will open on your screen.

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 1-855-772-8678 for assistance.