ETS has just launched the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition.  This is a new way to take the TOEFL, which will initially be offered in the United States, India, Mexico and Colombia.

It is the same test as the regular TOEFL iBT, but the reading, listening, and writing sections will be taken on paper at an official test center.  The speaking section will be taken at home with an online proctor within three days.

A unique feature of the Paper Edition is that all score reports (even after taking the test) are sent for free. Frugal students with a lot of target schools might take the test just for this reason, since ETS charges $20 per school to send scores for the regular iBT test and Home Edition.

Registration opens today, and the first administrations will happen December 11. It will be offered twice a month, at first.  The price will be the same as the regular iBT, at least in the USA.  A free practice test will be provided.

The regular IBT test will still be available, of course.

You can read about the new test on the ETS website.

Note that there are a few discrepancies between the website and the official TOEFL Bulletin.  The Bulletin indicates that the test is also available in Brazil, and that the speaking section should be completed within two days.  I’m not sure which is correct.  Update: the bulletin is wrong.  It is not available in Brazil, and you have three days to take the speaking section.

I’ll provide more information as soon as it becomes available.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that the previous paper-based TOEFL (the Revised Paper Delivered Test) was discontinued earlier in 2021.

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