I took the TOEFL iBT Home Edition Test today and I noted few things which may confuse the test taker during the exam.
Proctor login will take some time to get connected. You may have to wait until they connect with you. If the proctor chatbox is disconnected. Try to contact them ASAP via live-chat. Don’t worry about the delay. They will allow you to start the exam once connected with a proctor.
After the connection, you will see a small message box at the bottom of the screen with two options “Stop sharing” and “Hide this”, NEVER CLICK ON STOP SHARING. THIS WILL TERMINATE YOUR CONNECTION WITH THE PROCTOR. Just click on the “Hide” message, then this message box will disappear.
You have to keep your mobile phone ready with the camera to show the laptop/desktop to the proctor through the mobile phone camera.
Keep only the transparent sheet (file cover is ok) with a whiteboard marker pen (or any non-permanent pen) to write notes, because at the end of the test you have to erase the notes and show to the proctor.
The 10 minutes break will be given in the middle of the exam and a note will be shown to contact the test administrator to ask permission to take the break and come back. BUT NO ONE WILL RESPONSE TO YOU AND YOU HAVE TO GO OUT IF YOU WANT. BUT YOU HAVE TO COME BACK WITHIN 10 MINUTES. AFTER THE 10 MINUTES TIMEOUT, THERE WILL BE NO OPTION TO START THE NEXT SESSION (NO START BUTTON TO CLICK).
At this point I was confused and I had to wait a few minutes but no one responded to me at this point. You can’t see proctor chatbox on this screen to contact proctor. I did a trick at this point, I pressed ALT + TAB keys simultaneously. Then you can select the proctor chatbox which hidden in the background. Then you can chat with the proctor. I asked the proctor to start my next session. Then she responded and started the next session (at this point proctor will create a new session with a new login credential).
DON’T GET CONFUSED HERE. JUST FOLLOW ABOVE STEPS TO CONTACT PROCTOR, IF THIS HAPPENS.
This is a very important thing. At the end of the exam, you will be shown the listening and reading section results and will be asked to select one of the following two options. Be careful when selecting this.
i. Send test results.
ii. Cancel test results.
THIS SEND TEST RESULTS DOESN’T MEAN THE SENDING THE RESULTS TO THE INSTITUTES. THIS MEAN PROCESSING THE TEST RESULTS AND SENDING THE RESULTS INTO YOUR ETS ACCOUNT AND SELECTED INSTITUTIONS (IF YOU HAVE SELECTED ANY).
IF YOU SELECT ‘Cancel test results’, ALL TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED YOU CAN’T GET ANY TEST RESULTS IN YOUR ACCOUNT. THAT MEAN COMPLETELY CANCELLING THE EXAM RESULTS.
I was confused here. I thought that these two options mean whether I want to send the results to the selected institutions or not to send them. But actually, the cancel means canceling the results completely.
Hope this helps you.
Dammika Prasad Wijethunga