TOEFL Essentials Test: Srikant Gopal Interview, Executive Director TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Service
Administration of TOEFL Essentials test commenced on August 21, 2021. The latest addition to the TOEFL family, the TOEFL Essentials test is designed to be used in college admissions and in determining English proficiency. Careers360 talks to Srikant Gopal, Executive Director TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Service to find out the special features of the TOEFL Essentials test, what differentiates it from the TOEFL iBT test, the pattern of the test and more.
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Srikant Gopal, a graduate of BITS Pilani and an MBA from Indiana University, USA has a vast experience across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, combining marketing and business experience with a passion for education and student development. He is also a part-time educator and teaches a course on Economics and Ethics at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Read on to know more about the TOEFL Essentials test.
Q. What is the TOEFL Essentials test?
A. The TOEFL Essentials test is an English-language proficiency test that measures foundational elements of English proficiency essential for communication in both academic and general (daily life) contexts and is designed for use in high-stakes college admissions, while versatile enough to be used for other purposes as well.
Q. Please give some details about the TOEFL Essentials test pattern and subjects. How is it used by institutions for assessments?
A. The test covers the four core language skills – reading, listening, writing and speaking. It also provides institutions with valuable expanded insights into applicants’ skills beyond academic English settings (e.g., for interviews and internships), through components such as writing and speech samples and a short unscored Personal Video Statement.
The test costs approximately Rs.7,300 (100 USD). Duration of the test is roughly 90 minutes and is administered to students from the comfort and safety of home in a friendly, engaging and convenient format. It is conducted with the same rigorous human proctored security that has been successfully established with the TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
Q. What differentiates the TOEFL Essentials test from other English language tests?
A. The TOEFL Essentials test is the first English-language test that offers the ideal combination of the quality institutions expect with the affordable access students want.
While there are a few characteristics of other English-language tests that are comparable to the TOEFL Essentials test, such as those with a mix of academic and general English content, or one that has a convenient and affordable testing option, the TOEFL Essentials test is the only current option to offer all of these elements and more, while also maximizing quality, especially as it relates to the thoroughness of the design, development, delivery, scoring and security processes in place to make it a valid and reliable measure of English-language proficiency.
Q. How does the TOEFL Essentials test compare/contrast to the TOEFL iBT test? How should test takers decide between the two?
A. The TOEFL Essentials test is the second high-stakes English-language proficiency test within the TOEFL Family of Assessments – joining alongside the gold standard TOEFL iBT test, the world’s most accepted and preferred English-language assessment. The TOEFL Essentials test has a unique and distinct design that makes it the perfect complement to the TOEFL iBT test. Each test is a complete and comprehensive test and so either test can be used on its own for university admissions or other purposes.
Both the TOEFL Essentials and TOEFL iBT tests are high quality, valid and reliable measures of English-language proficiency that measure the four core language communication skills and can be used for high-stakes admissions decisions.
In addition, there are a few underlying distinctions between the two, namely around their approach to English proficiency measurement, design and test taking experience.
Differences between The TOEFL Essentials test and The TOEFL iBT test
The TOEFL Essentials test
The TOEFL iBT test
The TOEFL Essentials test measures foundational elements of English proficiency that indicate how test takers would function in both academic and non-academic contexts
The TOEFL iBT test is a comprehensive and direct measurement of communication in an academic context
Duration: 1-1/2 hours long
Duration: 3 hours
Contains a mix of roughly 50% academic content and 50% general content, with an additional 5-minute unscored Personal Video Statement consisting of two questions. It also has a multistage adaptive design, meaning it adjusts to test takers’ skill level
Contains 100% academic content, which features test items in integrated sets that simulate actual classroom communication
Delivered to students from the comfort of home
Delivered both at home (TOEFL iBT Home Edition) and in person
Short, fast-paced tasks and an energetic experience
Fewer, longer, interconnected tasks typical of an academic environment
Indian test takers have shown a strong interest in at home tests, especially because of the availability and convenience that is enabled by on-demand testing from home.
There are several factors that may play into a test takers’ decision of which test to take, such as what kind of student they are, the style of test, what it measures and how it will help them stand out, to name a few. I would recommend test takers visit the “Which TOEFL Test is Right for Me?” section of the TOEFL website to learn more.
Q. What testing options does the TOEFL Program offer for university admissions and immigration?
A. The TOEFL Program now has two quality test options that can be used for university admissions, immigration and other high-stakes decisions. The TOEFL iBT test has cemented its place as the gold standard in the international admissions space, and with the innovative and versatile TOEFL Essentials test, we are expanding the portfolio to allow students to choose a TOEFL test that best meets their testing style and preferences. Both the tests can help students get to where they want to go, and we are thrilled to continue the TOEFL heritage of quality and fairness to help advance the educational journeys of students around the world.
Q. Will the TOEFL Essentials test eventually replace the TOEFL iBT test? Or will test takers need to take both tests?
A. The simple answer to both questions is no! The brand new TOEFL Essentials test is designed to be distinctly different from the TOEFL iBT test. By adding this test to the TOEFL product portfolio, test takers around the world can select the option most suitable to their testing style to demonstrate their command over the English language and do their best, while institutions can utilize the test to attract new qualified applicants for their programs.
The TOEFL iBT test (including the TOEFL iBT Home Edition) will always be offered as the flagship, gold-standard English-language test in the TOEFL Family of Assessments. The TOEFL Essentials test will provide an additional option for test takers to demonstrate their English proficiency. Simply put, both of these tests have a place in our English-language testing portfolio, and both are valid and reliable options for demonstrating English proficiency.
Q. How should test takers prepare for the TOEFL Essentials test? Is TOEFL iBT preparation material sufficient for TOEFL Essentials too?
A. ETS offers three TOEFL Essentials official practice tests that enable test takers to get acquainted with the different question types for each test section. Given that the TOEFL iBT test and TOEFL Essentials test have unique and distinct test designs, we recommend test takers use the prep specifically developed for the test they’re interested in. However, both can serve as a helpful resource to improving overall English-language skills. There are a variety of other unofficial ways for students to practice their skills prior to test day on either test, such as reading texts or watching movies in English, recording oneself speaking in English and taking notes in English after reading an academic article or listening to a recorded lecture. As TOEFL Essentials becomes more established, test takers should expect to have access to an increasing pool of test preparation resources.
Q. When can students register for the TOEFL Essentials test?
A. Administrations began on August 21, 2021. Students who are interested in registering for the test can visit www.ets.org/mytoefl to create or log into their ETS account. Test appointments are available 24 hours per day, one day per week, with additional days to be added in the future.
Q. What are institutions saying about this test? Have any indicated their acceptance thus far?
A. We’re hearing overwhelmingly positive feedback from institutions around the world about this new offering, and the list of institutions accepting the test is growing daily. For the most up-to-date information, students are encouraged to visit the Institutions Accepting TOEFL® Essentials™ Scores page on our website, which is being updated regularly as we hear from universities and programs worldwide.
Questions related to TOEFL
which is best class for sat and toefl
Importance of SAT & TOEFL.
In comparison to the TOEFL, the SAT points more on the reasoning for yourself and not knowledge, which is why extensively colleges expect both admission tests. While the TOEFL indicates your English status as a non-native orator, the SAT is an entrance exam in the US that infers and/or acknowledges academic scholarships.
Most non-native English orators applying to college in the U.S. will be expected to take the TOEFL and the SAT (or ACT, if you prefer). ... Since the SAT expects advanced English language abilities, it may be cause d to waive the TOEFL provision.
Now how to prepare :
- Get to Know the Format of the TOEFL Test
- Understand the TOEFL content. No matter which format you take, the TOEFL always has three parts: reading, listening and writing.
- Decide which format you want to take. Note that nowadays the test is usually taken via the Internet. The paper-based test is becoming less and less popular.
- Know Why You Are Taking the TOEFL Test
- More than 9,000 colleges, universities, agencies and institutions accept and require the TOEFL TEST in over 130 countries.
- Get Support from a Teacher or Peer
- You don’t have to do this alone. You can get support from peers (other students) and teachers.
Hope this helps!!
I have 5.37 gpa in BBA, now I can do MBA in usa with gre-306and TOEFL 95.and which colleges I can apply
Hi, the universities in USA for MBA for a GRE score of 300-310 are given below. Hope this helps.
- University of Arizona
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rutgers University, Newark
- San Diego State University
- University of Central Florida
- Drexel University
- Stevens Institute of Technology
List of abroad universities which accept 12th marks for admission and not SAT/GRE/ielts/toefl etc exams ?? from countries- USA, Australia, Singapore, Canada.
There are many colleges that accept students without the said exams but make sure you have your transcripts ready- LORs, projects/internships/Volunteering certificates, Statement of Purpose, Essays, Extra-curricular activities. These things are a must when trying to apply for colleges abroad.
Colleges in the US:
There are 08 top Australian Universities which follow the above given criteria in order to exempt international students from submitting IELTS scores for admission. They are as follows:
- University of Adelaide
- University of Queensland
- University of Southern Queensland
- Macquarie University
- University of South Australia
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Bond University
Most of the colleges in Australia require an IELTS test score but have been waived off only on a case by case basic which is entirely judged. Many a times they have also waived it off if the students have completed their education in english medium.
Colleges in Singapore:
- Nanyang Technological College
- National college of Singapore
- Singapore Management University
Singapore also has numerous centres of internationally acknowledged universities like Duke University, University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and SP Jain Centre of Management.
Colleges in Canada:
- University of Saskatchewan
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- University of Winnipeg
- University of Regina
- Memorial University
- Concordia University
Hope this helps!
hey, present Im in 10th standard.can I crack sat and TOEFL by self-studying for an hour a day along with my jee preparation? if yes suggest to me any books/study plan by your experience...
To crack yourself
Follow the exam patterns
Previous years question papers
Make a routine
Follow the syllabus
Give mock test
Clear your doubts from youtube
Take helps from Google and online sites
Best books for jee mains
- Concepts of physics (Vol. 1 and 2) by H.C Verma
- Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & walker
- Understanding Physics by D C Pandey (Arihant Publications): Set of books for
Electricity & Magnetism
Mechanics (Vol. 1 & 2)
Optics & Modern Physics
Waves & Thermodynamics
- Problems and solution of physics by Shashi bhushan tiwari
- Problems in physics by SS Krotov
For chemistry books are
- NCERT Textbooks (for Class XI and XII )
- Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee
- Organic Chemistry by O P Tandon
- Physical Chemistry by P.W. Atkins
- Concept of Physical Chemistry by P Bahadur
- Objective Mathematics by R D Sharma
- Play with Graphs by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)
- Integral Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)
- Complete mathematics for JEE Main TMH
For more information about jee mains you can visit here
Thank you. I hope this answer helps you.
best books for toefl and ilets..?
While strategies are important to ace the TOEFL test, picking up or having an idea of which book to use for preparing the test plays an crucial role.
So here are the few guide books that you can refer while preparing for TOEFL:
1.TOEFL Test Prep Planner
2.Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 1 and 2
3.Kaplan TOEFL iBT Premier
4.Speaking and Writing strategies for the TOEFL iBT
So When it comes to IELTS exam, Here are the few use that you can use while Preparing for this exam:
1.Complete IELTS from Cambridge
2.Barron's IELTS Super pack
3.Target Band 7:IELTS Academic Module
4. Collins English for IELTS
5. Road To IELTS: British Council
hope this information may help you,
All The Best .