When Can You Take the TOEFL
Plan Before Deciding
- Institution Related Factors
Before registering for the toefl, you have to gather enough information about institutions to which you are seeking admission. Make sure that your preferred institutions accept TOEFL scores. Note that the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT are scored differently. Some universities expect high writing scores. Your TOEFL scores are valid for two years because your English-language proficiency may change in that period. Try to learn how much you have to score approximately to get admission in an institution. Consult the prospectus, website and other relevant documents before finalizing your TOEFL dates.
Next institution related factor to be considered is the application submission. Collect information about the institution's admission schedule. Your scores should reach the institution at the appropriate time; otherwise, your application may not be considered if TOEFL scores are a compulsory requirement. Your scores will be sent to chosen institutions within two to five weeks; it depends on whether you have taken the TOEFL iBT or the TOEFL PBT.
- Registration Related Factors
While registering, you will be able to send your scores to four institutions of your choice without any additional fee. Registration fee for TOEFL iBT is between 160 to 250 USD; for PBT it is 160 USD. Check the official website (www.ets.org) for up-to-date information about the fee and the TOEFL dates. If you want to send your scores to more than four institutions, you have to fill a separate form and should pay an additional fee of 17 USD. TOEFL iBT is offered 30 to 40 times a year; and TOEFL PBT is offered 6 times a year. Before finalizing your TOEFL dates, consider the availability of seats. For example, at the end of the school semesters, seats would be filled quickly because many students will be registering for TOEFL. So you have to register as early as possible. If you choose mail registration, your form must reach ETS four weeks before your selected test-date. You have to pay an additional fee of 35 USD for late registration which begins 3-4 days before the test-date; and you have to pay 60 USD to reschedule your test for which you should contact ETS three days before the test.
- Preparation Related Factor
Another factor which you may need to consider while picking up your TOEFL dates is preparation. If you have been preparing for a long time, your confidence level will be high. If you suddenly plan to take the test, you may end up scoring low due to the lack of preparation. Experience has shown that TOEFL requires long-term preparation. If you are planning to join reputed institutions, you need to score as high as possible. For example, in TOEFL iBT the maximum score that you can obtain is 120. A reputed institution in the United States may expect a score of 100 or above to consider your application. Take some practice tests to measure your preparedness, proficiency, and confidence level. All these factors mentioned above should be kept in mind while selecting the TOEFL dates.
Looking for TOEFL Dates
TOEFL dates and the test center list are regularly updated on the official website.
Visit this page to look for the TOEFL dates: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/tclists/IBT_a.html
From this page, you will be able to view country wise test center lists along with the dates of the test schedule. Choose the first letter of your country and navigate. The webpage also provides the separate lists of TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT test centers and dates, only THE TOEFL iBT test centers and dates, and only the TOEFL PBT test centers and dates. Select the appropriate links and navigate.
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