ETS has launched a TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in some regions in response to the test centre closures caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The organisation administering the exam said it is the same valid and reliable TOEFL iBT test, delivered to test takers at home. Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote supervisors.

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To minimise the impact of postponements on test takers, ETS announced it is temporarily waiving rescheduling fees for all test takers — whether their test has been postponed or they are concerned about visiting a test centre that remains open.

Content and security

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the test given at a test centre, ETS said. Scores for the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test will be received in between six and 10 days. There are no changes to the method of scoring or the score scale.

At this time, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test is available until test centres reopen and the situation returns to normality.

ETS has also assured test takers that reliable safeguards are in place to ensure the security of the at-home test. Live supervisors will ensure constant vigilance, including confirming the test taker's identity and scanning their home environment before testing begins. In addition, Artificial Intelligence technology — such as facial recognition, gaze tracking, and video recording of the entire session — will guard against malicious activity.

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