TOEFL System Check

To be able to do the TOEFL IBT test, you must meet the following System Requirements, and you must be able to hear the audio.

System Requirements

To properly run the TOEFL IBT test, the minimum requirements are:

  • For Windows OS: computer that runs Windows 7 or higher
  • For Mac OS (Apple): computer from 2010 onwards able to run OS10.10 (Yosemite) or newer
  • Sound capability
  • A headset or speakers along with a microphone:
    To be able to do the Speaking section, your microphone (built in or headset), must be active, and must be set to Allow mode. Please make sure your microphone is ready to use. If you are using a headset: Plug in your headset into your computer. If there is a switch for on/off, or for mute, make sure it is set to on, and/or mute is disabled.
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • HTML5 capable web browser: Latest version of Chrome, or Firefox, or Edge (Windows 10)


Allow Audio to Play

You must be able to hear the audio in Listening, Speaking and Writing.

For a computer, this means the audio autoplay feature of your web browser should be set to allow.

Upon starting the first question in the Listening Section, if you have never been to our website before, the browser on your computer should prompt you to allow sound to be played. Please be sure to pick allow.

You may instead see this text on the left side of your computer screen: "If you can't hear any audio, click the Play button below."

Play button seen if no audio plays

Seeing the above means that the audio autoplay feature for the web browser on your computer is set to block. How to set the audio autoplay feature to allow is different for each browser. See below for details on how to do so for the web versions of Chrome, Edge and Firefox.

Otherwise you can click the Play button and the audio will play. You will need to do this for EACH question though.


Chrome logoIf you don't hear any audio, your sound option is set to "Mute".

To allow sound:

  1. Click the View Site information icon (looks like a lock) located on the left side of the address bar.
  2. A pop-up will become visible.
  3. Change the Sound option from "Mute" to "Allow".
  4. Click anywhere on the web page to close the pop-up.

Note that this change doesn't affect other websites; it is a per-site permission change. To change the sound option for all websites, go to the menu on the right side of your browser, select Settings and scroll down to Advanced and select it. Under Privacy and Security, select Site Settings and scroll down to Sound and select it.


Edge logoYour autoplay option is set to "Block".

To allow autoplay:

  1. Click the View Site information icon (looks like a lock) located on the left side of the address bar.
  2. A pop-up will become visible.
  3. Under Website permissions, click Media autoplay settings.
  4. Click on the pulldown below Media autoplay and change "Block" to "Allow".
  5. Click anywhere on the web page to close the pop-up.

Note that this change doesn't affect other websites; it is a per-site permission change. To change the autoplay option for all websites, go to the menu on the right side of your browser, select Settings, Advanced, and then Media autoplay.


Firefox LogoYour autoplay option is set to "Block".

To allow autoplay:

Look on the left side of the address bar. The autoplay blocked icon (looks like a triangle play button with a forward slash through it) is visible. To allow autoplay:

  1. Click the View Site information icon (the circle with an i in it found next to the autoplay blocked icon).
  2. The Control Center opens.
  3. Go to the Permissions section.
  4. Change Autoplay sound from "Block" to "Allow".
  5. The autoplay blocked icon will disappear.
  6. Click anywhere on the web page to close the Control Center.

Note that this change doesn't affect other websites; it is a per-site permission change. To change the autoplay option for all websites, go to the menu on the right side of your browser, select Options, Privacy & Security, and then scroll down to Permissions.

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