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ETS reveals latest TOEFL iBT portfolio addition

Testing provider ETS has announced the final addition to its TOEFL iBT portfolio as the company seeks to offer different options for the test.

During the online human-proctored speaking section at home, test takers are offered a 10-minute break for their comfort, ETS noted. Photo: pexels

ETS revealed an "accessible, affordable" Essentials test earlier in 2021

The TOEFL iBT Paper Edition will test four skills from the TOEFL iBT test but over two sessions – one in centres and the second at home. Assessment sessions will initially be offered in the US, India, Mexico and Colombia, and be priced at the same price point as other formats in a given location. More locations will be added soon, ETS said.

“We are excited to offer test takers yet another option for the TOEFL iBT test,” said Srikant Gopal, executive director of the TOEFL Program.

“It has been a busy few years for the TOEFL Program, but we set out with a customer-focused mindset and a goal to continue creating and enhancing high-quality testing options that serve the needs of students and institutions,” he said.

“We’re eager to support students as they take advantage of the different options in the TOEFL portfolio”

The testing provider added its TOEFL Home Edition to its permanent product portfolio during the global health pandemic, while also introducing early performance indicators for its TOEFL iBT.

Additionally, ETS revealed an “accessible, affordable” Essentials test earlier in 2021.

The Paper Edition offering furthers the goal of serving the needs of students and institutions with new options, Gopal added.

“We’re eager to support students as they take advantage of the different options in the TOEFL portfolio of tests as part of their study-abroad journeys,” he said.

Split into two session, candidates will first take the reading, listening and writing sections on paper at centres, followed by the speaking section in a separate session from home within three days.

The new format can be accepted in the same way as the other TOEFL iBT tests, which are trusted by more than 11,500 universities and other institutions in over 160 countries. Test takers are still encouraged to reach out to their prospective schools to confirm specific requirements, ETS added.

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