Registration for the TOEFL Test
The registration/testing fee for the TOEFL iBT depends on the country in which the test is taken. In the United States, the cost is $195 in all 50 states, and the fee for test-takers in all Canadian provinces is $245. ETS charges $245 for testing in most European countries, although this can be higher or lower in some nations. Fee structures in other countries can also vary, from a low of $195 (Argentina) to a high of $300 (Australia). General registration for the TOEFL iBT closes seven days before the test, although students may register four days before the exam by paying a late fee of $40. Currently accepted forms of payment include credit card, PayPal account, and e-check drawn from a bank account in the United States. ETS recommends that students register for the TOEFL at least four months ahead of their chosen test date. Students register for the TOEFL iBT online, by phone, or by mail. Registration may be changed or cancelled up to four days before the test (online or by phone only), and the fee to reschedule is $60.
Online registration for the TOEFL is the preferred method. Students may register for the TOEFL online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At least one form of acceptable photo identification must be submitted in order to complete online registration for a specific test date (test-takers should note that two forms of photo identification must be presented for admission to the test center). Online registration requires the creation of an account on the TOEFL iBT registration system. After establishing an online user profile, students may use their ETS account to search and register for test dates, pay registration fees, review score reports, and choose universities or other institutions to receive scores.
Students who wish to register for the TOEFL iBT by phone must first locate the phone number for the appropriate Regional Registration Center (this can be found on the ETS website). Phone registration is available Monday through Friday between 8 am and 7:45 pm EST, excluding U.S. holidays. Standard phone registration closes 7 days before the test, but students may register at any point before 5 pm EST on the last business day before the test for a late fee of $40. Phone registration requires downloading and completing the registration form, which must then be mailed to the appropriate regional ETS office. ETS notes that the busiest times for phone registration are between 11 am and 2 pm EST Tuesday through Friday and all day on Monday; avoiding those times may lead to faster service.
TOEFL iBT registration by mail requires submission of the registration form in hard copy along with an acceptable form of payment. These materials should be mailed to the address on the form or (if the student is testing outside of the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada) to the designated regional office. Mail registration must be received by ETS at least four weeks before the test date (ETS will send confirmation of receipt). Students registering for the TOEFL iBT by mail must not forget to enter the codes associated with the test-taker's native language, chosen test center, and country of origin on the registration form (all of this is done automatically with online registration, and this is obviously one reason that ETS prefers the online method).
Students in need of accommodations for the TOEFL iBT can only register by mail or email; use of the online registration system is not allowed for this category of test-taker. Disabled students are required to provide documentation, and they should allow extra time for the review and approval process, which takes about six weeks to complete. Accommodations for disabled test-takers may be technical (e.g. screen magnification and specialized keyboards), assistive (such as oral interpreters for the listening section and directions for the speaking section), or adaptive (including large-print exams, extra testing time, and additional breaks). For more information, contact ETS Disability Services by mail or email.
The TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) can only be taken in locations without internet testing. There are two available methods of registering for the PBT: online and mail. The procedures for online PBT registration are the same as those for the iBT. For mail registration, students must use the TOEFL Paper-delivered Test Registration Form, which is not the same as the iBT registration form. Students who register for the PBT in this manner will receive a test center admission ticket by mail. Mail-in registration deadlines are generally two to three weeks before the date of the test. As with mail registration for the iBT, students must carefully complete the required codes in order to avoid logistical problems.