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The TOEFL® Essentials™ Test


The TOEFL Essentials measures the four language skills that include listening, reading, speaking and writing. The exam follows a flexible approach to assess the foundational language skills beyond academics. The test has a multistage design that makes it friendly and convenient for the learners while maintaining university-level quality.

Why Choose the TOEFL Essentials Test?

The TOEFL Essentials test is a high-quality, convenient, and affordable test for students worldwide. It is a powerful English-language test designed to meet university standards. Here are some reasons to choose the TOEFL Essentials test.

Affordable and Convenient Testing

The TOEFL Essentials test can be taken from home and incurs less cost compared to other major English-language tests.

Engaging Test Format

The TOEFL Essentials test measures English skills through a quick and engaging format with real-life situation-based tasks.

Fair and Trusted

Universities trust TOEFL Essentials test scores for accurate measurement of English skills for various programs.

Difference Between TOEFL Essentials and TOEFL iBT tests

TOEFL Essentials Test TOEFL iBT Test
Type of Student Students with a balanced approach to education. Students aspiring to meet educational goals.
Preferred Test Style Faster-paced, engaging test. Traditionally paced, with a more immersive experience of an academic environment.
Skills Assessed/Measured Foundational elements of English language proficiency in both academic and nonacademic contexts. Directly measures English communication abilities for the university
Type of English Measured About 50% General English and 50% Academic English. 100% academic English.
Presentation of Items Adapts to your proficiency levels, displays your English language strengths and reflects your personality with a personal video statement. Uses carefully selected content for the best possible assessment with a special focus on academic English proficiency.
What’s in the Speaking Section? Includes a simulated virtual interview. A pre-recorded interviewer
gives an interactive experience.
A traditional computer-based Speaking section that records responses to on-screen prompts.
Test Duration About 1 and a half hours without a break. About 3 hours with 10-minute break in between.

Beginning July 26, 2023, the test will take less than 2 hours to complete and will no longer include a break.

Time and Place for the Test Test at home – 24 hours a day, one day per week Test center appointments – about 60 test dates per year

Test at home – 24 hours a day, 4 days a week.

When are the Scores Released? 6 days after your test date

Taken at a test center: 4–8 days after your test date

TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 4–8 days after your test date

TOEFL iBT Paper Edition: 11–13 business days after your test date


How TOEFL® Essentials™ Helps

  • Trusted and Accepted Across Institutions
  • Adaptive Multistage Design
  • Affordable and Convenient
  • Fair Evaluation of English Skills

Top Indian Institutes Accepting TOEFL Essentials®

Prepare for TOEFL Essentials Test

ETS offers a variety of free TOEFL Essentials test syllabus-based materials to help students familiarize themselves with the TOEFL Essentials test pattern.

TOEFL® Essentials

The TOEFL® Essentials™ test scores are accepted at numerous institutions worldwide due to their convenient, accessible, and affordable English proficiency evaluation. Below is a list of institutions accepting the TOEFL Essentials test scores.

TOEFL Essentials Test Identification (ID) Requirements

For testing in India, the ID requirements are the same for citizens and non-citizens:

  • You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID. There are no exceptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The TOEFL Essentials test measures the foundational language skills whereas the TOEFL iBT test measures the academic English proficiency at the university level.

The ETS TOEFL Essentials practice test and course can help you get a high score on the test.

The TOEFL Essentials test evaluates the four English language proficiency skills to assess the foundational language skills beyond academic.