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ETS rolls out TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Test

COVID-19 has dramatically altered the international admissions landscape. Institutions and students alike need innovative solutions to address this new reality. That’s why ETS has worked quickly to make the TOEFL iBT® test available for students to take from the safety of home.

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"A solution to bridge the gap for test takers and institutions until normal testing can resume"

“The last couple of months have created unparalleled challenges for higher education”

This at-home solution, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, offers a valid and reliable test for students affected by test center closures resulting from COVID-19.

This option is available everywhere the computer-delivered TOEFL iBT test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, ETS is working closely with NEEA to accommodate test takers impacted by test cancellations, including adding test dates once regular testing resumes. ETS is working to offer at home testing in Iran as soon as possible.

“The last couple of months have created unparalleled challenges for higher education, which have demanded solutions be implemented at a remarkable pace,” said Srikant Gopal, Executive Director of the TOEFL® Program.

“ETS recognised the need for an at-home testing solution to bridge the gap for test takers and institutions until normal testing can resume, from which the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test was born.”

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test offers an identical testing experience to what students can expect at a test center, while employing a variety of best-in-class measures to maintain test security — from online monitoring by a live human proctor, to AI-powered measures and comprehensive security checks prior to testing. It is the only academic English test with 100% live human proctoring from start to finish.

“ETS prides itself on its test security measures, and this solution is consistent with those self-imposed high standards, which are relied upon by institutions around the world who trust that these tests provide an accurate picture of an applicant’s abilities,” said Gopal.

As the industry navigates this time of unprecedented change, ETS knows that it’s imperative to continue providing students and institutions with the ability to plan for a successful future.

This solution helps to create continuity for students pursuing their educational journeys. It also enables the 11,000+ institutions who accept TOEFL scores to maintain their high standards for English-language testing by continuing to use the same premier test they have relied on for decades, rather than unproven, nonsecure and low-quality home tests.

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