Identity verification, along with the presentation of identification documents, may include a signature comparison, biometric linguistic identification and thumb printing, and test sessions can be filmed. The required confidentiality agreement, which all test participants must sign, provides that students cannot communicate the test content, including questions, answers and structure, to anyone. All personal belongings, with dendes, may not be in the possession of the tester during the examination. Students are also prohibited from communicating in any way with other test participants, behaving inappropriately or attempting to manipulate the test centre computer. Participants in the trial must not leave their seats without the permission of the trial teachers. Students who violate one of these guidelines may be subject to the revocation of the test centre, the cancellation of points and the cancellation of the trial fee. Universities that are cited as recipients of scores may be informed of these abuses of protest, especially in cases of academic dishonesty. Then read and sign a confidentiality agreement. The ETS strongly recommends that students arrive at the test centre at least 30 minutes before the start of the test to take into account the registration process. Late arrivals, including students who do not have sufficient time to register, should not take the test. The registration process includes electronic scanning of all test participants to ensure test security, presentation of required identification, signing a confidentiality agreement and assigning test stations. The test itself lasts 200-230 minutes, including a 10-minute break. The variable length of the test is due to the hearing and reading sections that may give extra time for experimental questions that do not count for the scores (these questions are not identified as such in the test).
The test sections are always represented in the following order: reading, hearing, speaking and writing (the pause is after the first two sections). Once the exam is completed, test participants must opt out if they have the option to cancel their grades if they wish. Students can expect to leave the test centre approximately 4 to 4.5 hours after arrival. When reviewing the test, follow the instructions for each section. Students may bring a bag or backpack containing personal items to the test centre, but all personal belongings are inspected and must be kept in lockers on site. It is not possible to access these items during the test (drinks and snacks during the indicated break period are the only exceptions). In the test room, students must not have personal belongings other than their identity documents. Electronic devices of any kind are expressly prohibited, including mobile phones and laptops. Test participants are searched by their individuals and property. Some clothing, such as ties or scarves, can be checked by test centre agents and students cannot wear jewelry while taking THE TOEFL (except for wedding rings).
Note-taking is permitted, but only on paper provided in the test centre (for obvious reasons).