TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition has just been launched for students whose tests have been indefinitely postponed. This test follows the same format and uses the same content as the one you would take at a test center. The only difference is that you would be taking it on your own computer from your favorite room in the house (well, not really! More on that later…). Even though you would be taking the test at home, there will be a human proctor who will be monitoring your every move, digital and otherwise. It’s an exciting prospect, but also one with many unanswered questions. So here’s a list of Q&A to put your mind at ease.
Q: Can I take this test from anywhere in the world?
A: Probably in the future, yes. But currently, this version of the TOEFL is only available in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, and Macau
Q: Can I take the TOEFL iBT on any device?
A: No. This test can only be taken on a desktop computer or a laptop with a Windows operating system. It cannot be taken on any device which uses an iOS operating system.
Q: Can I take the TOEFL iBT anywhere I like?
A: No, you have to take the test sitting at a table in a quiet, well-lit room where nobody else is present. You cannot take this test from an internet cafe, a library or any other public space. You will also need to be sitting in a standard chair (no bean bags or couches allowed)!
Q: Can I still take notes?
A: Yes, you absolutely can. However, you will need a little whiteboard and an erasable marker or you’re allowed to use a little laminated piece of blank paper along with an erasable marker. At the end of the test, you will be asked to erase all notes taken during the test.
Q: Can I use a headset?
A: No, you will need to use internal or external speakers and a microphone for security reasons.
Q: Anything else I should know?
A: You and your computer screen will be constantly monitored by the proctor throughout the test. The proctor has the authority to invalidate your test if they suspect use of unauthorized materials like a mobile phone or pre-written notes. So be careful and don’t try to cheat!
And you won’t have to if you’re feeling confident. We’ve got all the resources you need to build up that confidence! We have practice examples, tips and videos and helpful blog articles. You can even book a 1:1 tutorial session on Zoom with one of our expert TOEFL tutors to help you practice for your test.
If you want to get a real feel for what it would be like to take the test at home, why not try our timed TOEFL Mini Mock Test. This will definitely help you feel prepared and ready to do your best on the real test.
All the best and stay safe!