Now that the TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is available, many questions arise, and one of the important ones is how much it costs.
The TOEFL iBT Home Edition costs the same as the TOEFL iBT you would take in an official examination center, as it is the same test. The cost of the test, however, is not the same everywhere and depends on the country where you take the test.
Below you will find the test fees for several countries. Further on in the post, we will also have a look at other elements of the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, since there are some elements that are the same as on the in-person test, while others are different.
TOEFL iBT Home Edition cost
The cost of the TOEFL iBT Home Edition varies by location. Below is a table with the test costs for many countries as of July 23, 2021. If your country is not listed, you can check the cost of the TOEFL on the ETS® website.
|Country||TOEFL iBT Home Edition cost (as of July 23, 2021)|
|China||TOEFL iBT Home Edition not available|
Similarities and differences between the in-center and at home versions of the TOEFL
As of the writing of this post, the home edition of the TOEFL is relatively new, so naturally, you will have questions about the nature of the test. as compared to the traditional test center version, but if all you are looking for is a quick comparison, this table may be quite helpful for you.
|TOEFL iBT (Test Center)||TOEFL iBT Home Edition|
|Length||3 hours||3 hours|
|Supervision||Testing center proctors||ProctorU (online proctoring)|
|Exam dates||60+ per year||24 hours a day, 4 days per week|
|Areas covered||Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing||Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing|
|Acceptance||11,000 institutions worldwide||Most accept it during extraordinary circumstances, such as COVD-19, but check university website(s)|
|Unofficial scores for reading and listening||Displayed on computer screen upon test completion||Displayed on computer screen upon test completion|
|Scores available||6-10 days after test completion||6-10 days after test completion|
If you would like to explore possibly taking the test at home, I have written a post that talks in-depth about what you can expect with the home edition of the TOEFL iBT,
How much does it cost to take the TOEFL?
The cost for taking the TOEFL depends on the test center, however, it generally costs the same as it would cost to take it online (TOEFL iBT Home Edition) in a given country (see table above). If you would like to double-check the cost (especially if you are in the US where there may be a cost difference from state to state), you can do so here.
How can I prepare for the TOEFL iBT Home Edition?
If you have already decided that you would like to take the test at home, you will need to focus on two aspects: your readiness for the actual test and making sure that you have everything you need to meet ETS’ requirements for taking the test at home.
Preparing your mind
As far as preparing for the actual test goes, I would suggest getting the latest edition of the official ETS resource for the TOEFL. If you like the idea of a subscription service with helpful tips and tricks for the TOEFL, I would definitely recommend Magoosh. They are experts in test prep and guarantee improvement. So much so, that if you have taken the TOEFL before, they guarantee you will beat your previous score by at least 4 points or they will refund you!
Next, I have written a post to help you formulate a strategy for winning on test day. There, you will find various tips to help you understand the test as well as links to posts I have written to help you strategize for each of the 4 sections.
Preparing your test area
ETS is very careful about making sure that every single person who takes one of their exams has the exact same testing conditions, and that nobody has an unfair advantage over another test taker. For this reason, they have a set of rigorous guidelines not only for their test centers, but also for those who will be taking the test at home.
You will be taking the TOEFL iBT Home Edition on your own computer, so there are some minimum requirements, such as the following:
- PC with Windows® 8 or 10 or Mac® with OS 10.5 or higher (ETS recommends 10.13 High Sierra if you have a Mac).
- You cannot take the test on a tablet or phone.
- Browser: Chrome or Firefox.
- Speaker: internal or external to listen to the proctor as well as for completing the listening and speaking sections of the test (no headsets or earphones are allowed).
- Microphone: internal or external to speak to the proctor and record your answers to the questions on the speaking section (as stated above, a microphone built into a headset is not allowed).
- Camera: built-in or webcam, so that the proctor can take a picture of you and monitor you during the test.
As far as your testing area goes, make sure you have a desk or table with your computer, and that there is nothing or nobody else in the room. The only other articles you can have with you in the testing area besides the equipment above is a small erasable whiteboard or a piece of paper in a sheet protector and an erasable marker. You will need to be able to have a door to your room, which you will need to close for the duration of the test.
I have written a more in-depth post on this if you would like to have a little more information on how you can prepare your test space adequately.
TOEFL Home Edition experience
Since the experience is supposed to closely mimic the experience you would have in a testing center, you should have a good experience while taking the test at home. That being said, while making sure the testing environment is adequate in a test center depends on ETS, the burden is on you to make that happen when you are taking the test at home.
Any irregularities could lead to your proctor cancelling your test, so make sure you have everything in order. I didn’t say this before, but if you live with anybody else, make sure that they understand that too!