As part of its continuous pursuit to create an optimal experience for test takers, ETS announced today a series of exciting TOEFL iBT® enhancements. Over the next few months, test takers can expect a shortened TOEFL iBT test for administrations beginning July 26, 2023. The test will now take less than two hours to complete – previously three hours – as a result of streamlined instructions and navigation throughout the test, a new, more modern “Writing for an Academic Discussion” task, which replaces the previous Independent Writing task, a shorter Reading section, the removal of all unscored test questions, and a simplified registration process beginning July 2023. Test takers can create an account and register for an available TOEFL iBT test date quicker and easier than ever. They will also be able to see their official score release date upon completion of the test, in addition to receiving real-time notification of changes to their score status.
“ETS is driving the future of assessment through product innovations across education and learning, and TOEFL is core to that effort,” said Amit Sevak, CEO of ETS. “TOEFL has been an industry standard for nearly six decades, and these enhancements further underscore its position. Most importantly, these enhancements were developed through the lens of our customers and stakeholders – because they are our highest priority to serve,” he added.
Test takers who have already registered for a TOEFL iBT test have the option to reschedule their test date for free if they’d like to experience these new enhancements or move up their test date before they take effect. Free reschedules can be made until April 30, 2023, via their TOEFL account. In addition, updated versions of the TOEFL iBT Free Practice Test and TOEFL iBT Practice Sets are now available on the TOEFL website. Additional free and paid test prep options will be updated to reflect these changes in the next few weeks.
For score users, the TOEFL iBT score scale remains the same, so their requirements can stay the same, too. The TOEFL test remains the most trusted, valid, reliable and secure option for score users around the world. Now, with these additional enhancements, score users can be assured that test takers’ experience is now more delightful – saving them time, while reducing test day anxiety.
To learn more about the TOEFL iBT enhancements, visit www.ets.org/toefl/ibt-enhancements. To create an account, register for a test, access test prep resources and more, visit www.ets.org/toefl.