Students often ask if they can wear earplugs while taking the TOEFL test.  Here’s what you should know:

  1.  If you are taking the TOEFL Home Edition you cannot wear earplugs.  Don’t even try.  Don’t ask the proctor.  If the proctor says it is okay, they are wrong… and your scores will probably be cancelled.  During the TOEFL home edition, you cannot put anything in your ears.
  2. If you are taking the TOEFL at a test center you can wear earplugs, but you cannot bring your own.  You should ask the test center operators for a pair.  Hopefully they have some available.  Consider calling the test center ahead of time if you want to know.

And that’s what you should know about wearing earplugs during the TOEFL.

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