TOEFL iBT Prerequisite

I recently registered for the TOEFL again. Anal-retentive ETS only stocks its TOEFL scores for 2 years. Why, may I ask, does my English deteriorate so much after a couple years of a perfect score? Money-loving land lubbers if you ask me… but that is a topic for another day.

Here’s what you’re presented when you seek to create a username and password at the TOEFL site to register for an exam:

Important User Name and Password Information
User names must be between 6 and 16 characters long and may contain both letters and numbers. The user name may NOT contain any special characters like !, $, #, % or +.

Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters in length. The maximum is 16 characters. For added security, they must also contain three of the following four character categories:
English uppercase characters (A through Z)
English lowercase characters (a through z)
Numeric characters (0 through 9)
Special characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
Examples of allowable passwords are:

Urt#5489
RT@GR125
UIrty452
H!tTh3M@rK
Your password is case-sensitive. For example, "H!tTh3M@rK" is not equal to "h!TtH3m@Rk".
Only English characters are allowed and your password cannot contain your user name, first/given name, or last/family name.

Let’s see: A username must be between six and sixteen chars long. Check. Cannot contain special chars. Check. Passwords must be a min of 8 chars long. Check. Max is 16… Check. They must contain three of four character categories…. what is this my bank vault?

Or think of this another way: a reading comprehension test even before the exam starts. Can we applaud and bring the roof down already?

Published by vishnugopal

Vishnu Gopal is an Anime fanatic, World of Warcraft player, SciFi nut, hopeless romantic & CTO at SV.CO.

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