Well, ETS released a few more details about the TOEFL Essentials Test to score users (universities, mostly).  They are:

  • Section scores will be from 1 to 12 points.  The overall score will also be reported on a 1 to 12 scale.  It will be the average of the section scores.
  • The vocabulary and sentence construction stuff will be reported separately from the overall score.  Those will be called “foundational skills” and will be reported as a percentile rank.
  • The test will cost $100 to $120, depending on the country (yes, there will be a different price for each country)
  • Available in China?  Unclear.
  • Official Test prep will be available in May 2021.  It will all be online.  No book will be printed.
  • When the test launches in August it will be available one day per week.  But it will ramp up and later be available three days per week.
  • Students will get scores after six days.  Institutions will get scores at the same time.
  • The test will be only be taken online.  It will not be offered at test centers.

There is now an ETS page about the new TOEFL Essentials test.

As I  mentioned yesterday, this is a new test that ETS will offer beginning in August.  The details we learned then were:

  • It will take 90 minutes to complete
  • It will cost about half of what the TOEFL iBT costs
  • It will cover academic as well as “conversational” English
  • It has “more tasks, but they are shorter”

We can now confirm:

  • It is adaptive (the questions change depending on the ability level of the test-taker)
  • It includes “Vocabulary Knowledge and Sentence Construction” (this sounds a bit like the TOEFL ITP)
  • It includes an unscored video statement at the end (like the Duolingo English Test)
  • The questions are written by humans, not auto-generated by software
  • It is scored by both humans and automatic raters (like the TOEFL iBT)
  • Unlimited score reports can be sent for free (yay!)
  • It includes MyBest Scores and instant reading and listening scores (like the TOEFL iBT)
  • Section scores will be from 1 to 12 points
  • It will be taken online, not at a test center
  • Registration starts in May (for tests in August)
  • Test Prep materials are forthcoming