What is the Cost of Taking TOEFL

If you are interested in taking the TOEFL, and want to know how much it will cost you to take the test, read the following paragraphs. This article will also tell you how to reduce your total cost of TOEFL.

How Much Do You Have to Pay for TOEFL?

Some people may consider only the registration fee as the exam cost, but there are other things to consider as well. Your test cost can include the following:

  1. Registration Fee for the TOEFL:

    The registration fee for the test varies from one country to another. The fee can be between $160 and $250. If you do not register within the regular time limit, you can register by paying a late fee of $35. You can make a request for a change in the test schedule, even after you have successfully registered for the test. You are allowed to change both the date and the test center. The fee for a change in the test schedule is $60.

  2. Other Fees:

    In order to have your score report sent to additional institutions, there is a fee of $17 per report. You can have the Speaking or Writing section of the test rescored by paying a fee of $60. You can have both these sections re-scored on the payment of $120 as the rescore fee. If any of your checks are returned, you have to bear a fee of $20 per check.

  3. Travel Expenses:

    You can select a test center as close to your place of residence as possible and reduce your total cost.

  4. Cost of Preparation for the TOEFL:

    A preparation course with classroom sessions, can cost $700 and upwards, for a month-long program. If you select a course of a longer duration, it will cost you more. You can also select an online prep course. The cost of online prep programs varies from course to course.

    If you decide to prepare on your own for the test, you will have to get books and other preparation material. Books for test preparation can cost around $20 to $40 per book. You may need two to three books altogether; one basic book, one for an advanced level of study, and one which focuses on practice tests.

How to Reduce Your TOEFL Cost?

You can reduce your exam cost in the following ways:

  1. Planning:

    Find out the test centers and test dates that are available. Plan your schedule for the day of the test, before you register. This way you will avoid unnecessary fees for change of date or center. Make a note of the last date for registration, and complete the formalities of registration within the deadline.

  2. Fee Reduction:

    If you are a US high school senior, you may be eligible for a fee reduction. Visit the official website to see if you satisfy the eligibility criteria.

  3. Consider Preparing for the TOEFL on Your Own:

    You can cut back on the fees you will otherwise pay for the exam preparation, if you prepare on your own. If you can find a friend from whom you can borrow books, then you can reduce your test cost further. If, however, you decide to borrow books, make sure that they are of the latest editions, otherwise your preparation may be inadequate. Another thing to keep in mind before embarking on a self-study program is whether you will be well prepared for the test or not. You can take a mock test and check your score against the score required by the institutions you are interested in. If your test score is not much less than your target score, then you would probably be able to prepare adequately on our own.

    Whatever methods you adopt in order to reduce your cost, you must keep an important thing in mind; that is, the quality of your preparation should not be affected adversely. Otherwise, you may end up paying more, because you may decide to take the test again.