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.
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.
The TOEFL Essentials test can be taken from home and incurs less cost compared to other major English-language tests.
The TOEFL Essentials test measures English skills through a quick and engaging format with real-life situation-based tasks.
Universities trust TOEFL Essentials test scores for accurate measurement of English skills for various programs.
|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
ETS offers a variety of free TOEFL Essentials test syllabus-based materials to help students familiarize themselves with the TOEFL Essentials test pattern.
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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.
For testing in India, the ID requirements are the same for citizens and non-citizens:
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.
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The TOEFL Essentials test evaluates the four English language proficiency skills to assess the foundational language skills beyond academic.