With test centers all over the world closing down, the Educational Testing Service is hard at work developing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that can be taken from the home. According to Inside Higher Ed, ETS is developing the TOEFL alternative for use in countries where in-person testing is no longer possible.
“We are targeting this solution to be introduced by the end of March in selected locations outside Mainland China. ETS is also working closely with the relevant government agencies in Mainland China on ways to launch this solution there as soon as possible,” said a memo on the new test by Srikant Gopal, executive director of the TOEFL program.
“We understand the pressure many institutions are under to come up with alternate ways of assessing English-language proficiency during this time, even if they do not meet high standards for assessment quality or security. This TOEFL testing solution from ETS will ensure you don’t need to compromise your standards. It’s still the high-quality, research-based test you know and trust that meets ETS’s high standards for validity, reliability, and security.”
A spokeswoman for ETS declined to comment, according to Inside Higher Ed. She declined to explain what security measures would be added to the at-home version of the test to ensure its validity.