How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in 2020
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How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in 2020

How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in 2020

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test is now available for those who are unable to take the English language proficiency test at a centre due to public health concerns.

The home edition will be identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the ones in test centres. The main difference is it will be taken on your own computer at home and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

From now until September 30, 2020, at-home tests are available around the clock four days per week, and appointments may be available as early as 24 hours after you’ve registered. (plz follow AP style for date)

The at-home test is available everywhere TOEFL iBT testing was normally available, except for Mainland China and Iran.

Here’s how to prepare for the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.

Take practice tests

The TOEFL is designed to test non-native English speakers on their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills.

Take a practice test to determine which area of the test you need to spend more time preparing for. TOEFL iBT practice tests can be found on the ETS website along with a number of other online resources.

Engage a tutor if you need one

Feel like you need some help acing the test? You can always hire an online tutor.

Preply has a list of TOEFL test prep tutors who will teach via Skype. You can choose one based on your budget and needs.

On Preply’s website, you can book an Online TOEFL test prep class, a trial lesson or send messages to potential tutors too.

When hiring an online tutor, make sure to choose carefully so you don’t end up wasting the fees. Check out their educational background and teaching experience, and be sure to book from reputable websites only.

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There are several online tutors you can hire if you need some additional help preparing for the Toefl iBT special home edition test. Source: Franck Fife/AFP

Make sure you have the right equipment

Ready to take the test? Once you’ve registered and paid the test fee, ensure that your computer has the following requirements for the at-home test to run:

  • Computer: Desktop/laptop. PC with Windows® operating system version 10, 8 or 7, or a Mac® computer with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra recommended)
  • Browser: Chrome or Firefox® browser
  • ETS Test Browser – click here for guidelines to install 
  • Speaker: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Microphone: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Camera: internal or external, to show a 360-degree view of room
  • ProctorU® Systems Check from the computer you’ll use to test

Set up your at-home test space

When preparing for test day, spend some time creating a quiet and distraction-free space to take your test. The ETS website states that you must be alone in a room with no one else entering while you’re taking the test.

You are also not allowed to take your test in a public space, such as a cafe or a park. Other requirements are as follows:

  • Computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
  • The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test.
  • You must sit in a standard chair; you may not sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed during the test.

Make sure you have everything on hand at least an hour before the test.

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