Here’s a step-by-step guide of everything you need to do from today, to test day, and even after. To help you stay on track and on time, print out the guide below. Remember to check off the steps as you go along.
Select the locations and schools you want to go to, then see if they accept the TOEFL test — and what score requirements you’ll need for admissions. Click here to search for TOEFL-accepting schools by location or school name.
|Step 2:||Find out the English-language requirements you need to get your student visa for the country where you want to study. They vary by your home country and the country where your selected schools are located; for details, visit your destination country’s immigration agency website.|
|Step 3:||3-6 MONTHS BEFORE THE TEST:
Create an account with your profile and register for the TOEFL test — which includes selecting up to 4 places you want your scores sent to. You can also sign up for the TOEFL Search Service, to make it easier for universities to find students like you for their programs.
For most countries, you can register up to 4 or even 6 months before the test date you select. Registering early to guarantee your seat is important. Be sure to take the test 2 to 3 months before your earliest school application deadline. NOTE: Once you register, print out your Registration Confirmation to bring with you on test day.
|Step 4:||If you haven’t already, start preparing. In fact, you can start preparing even before you register. We recommend you begin preparing at least 8 weeks before your test date. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll be on test day — and the easier it will be to take the TOEFL test. Especially when you use official TOEFL test tools to prepare.
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|Step 5:||48 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST:
Just in case a change was made at your test site (like a change in start time or room number), go to your TOEFL iBT™ profile and re-print your Registration Confirmation. You’ll need to bring it with you to the test site, along with an acceptable, valid ID with your name, recent photo and signature. For more details on ID requirements, and what to expect on test day, click here, or watch our TOEFL iBT™ Testing Site video for a preview of what you can expect on test day.
|Step 6:||12-24 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST:
You have until 10pm local test site time the night before the test to select or change your score recipients (the institutions or agencies you want to receive your scores). To select or change your score recipients, log in to your TOEFL profile. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep!
|Step 7:||DAY OF THE TEST:
Have a good breakfast, and get to the test site at least 30 minutes early. Make sure you bring your ID and your Registration Confirmation with you. One more thing to bring: a snack to eat during the 10-minute break you get midway through the test.
|Step 8:||2 WEEKS AFTER THE TEST:
Log in to your TOEFL iBT profile to check your scores; they’re posted online approximately 10 days after your test date, as well as mailed to you and your score recipients within 10 days after your test date.
Once you get your scores, you can decide if you want to re-take the TOEFL test, or order additional score reports to send to other institutions or agencies.
Did you know? We’ve partnered with Metametrics®, creator of The Lexile Framework® for Reading, to help you use your TOEFL reading score to find books that match your reading level. When you practice reading with materials at the right level, you can advance your reading ability for lifelong reading improvement.