It is a great day for the world, everyone! The new TOEFL Bulletin has been published. You know, one of my great regrets in life is that I wasn’t active as a teacher back when ETS distributed hard copies of this document.
The new version and (for now) the old version can be downloaded here.
Here’s what’s new in this year’s edition (I have omitted superficial and minor changes):
Page 5: The TOEFL Home Edition is described.
Page 7: ProctorU is mentioned in the list of contacts. It also suggests that users can contact ETS via the chat function on their website.
Page 9: The word “drinks” was changed to “beverages.”
Page 9: There is another reference to the home edition.
Page 11: Western Union is no longer offered as a payment option. This matches changes to the ETS website a few months ago. The link to the score posting dates has been removed.
Page 12: The test frequency has been adjusted to reflect the Home Edition.
Page 12: The new guide mentions that “late phone registration” closes five days before the test date. The old version didn’t mention phone registration.
Page 12: The guide no longer links to “toeflgoanywhere.com”. It seems like ETS has largely stopped using that site.
Page 13: ETS will now collect sales taxes for things like late registration and score reviews. I suppose this is an effective fee increase. Previously, students were supposed to send the sales tax to their local government themselves. LOL.
Page 13: There is now a long paragraph about credit card failures. I suspect ETS has seen statistics about how often purchases fail. It might help.
Page 14: No more Western Union. I understand that Western Union is not great (to say the least) but it is too bad that students no longer have this option.
Page 15: The line “test center staff can’t make schedule changes for you” has been removed. Weird.
Page 16: More Home Edition references.
Page 23: More Home Edition references.
Page 29: Scores are now reported “6-10” days after the test. The old version says that they are reported “6” days after.
Page 30: Scores now range of “0” to 30 points instead of “1” to 30 points. This is a correction.
Page 32: A reference to requesting score reviews by fax has been dropped.