To take the TOEFL test you have to register in advance on the official ETS TOEFL website. These are the steps that you have to follow:

Prepare for the TOEFL test

It is very important to prepare for the TOEFL exam. Even if you think that your English level is already good enough to pass the TOEFL test, it is important to get used to the test format. Below you can find some material that helped friends and me to successfully prepare for the TOEFL test.

1. Create a user account

On the registration page, create a new user account.

Make sure to fill in your details such as name and date of birth very carefully. Your name has to be written exactly the same as on your ID/Passport. It is not possible to change the name once you registered for a test. You will not be able to take the test if your names do not match!  As the TOEFL website is a little bit older, do not use the forward/back button of your browser. This will cause errors!

2. Log in with your personal account

With the user name and password you just created, you can log in on the  login page. After successful login you should see the following overview page where you can find the link to sign up for the test.

Sign up for the TOEFL test

On the following page you have to select “TOEFL Test” and click “Continue”.

In the next step, you have to confirm the terms and conditions by ticking the box. You have to confirm that:

  • your personal details (name and birth date) are correct
  • test dates will be available online within 10 days
  • test results are directly sent to the universities you select during the registration
  • some personal information is used for statistical purposes

3. Select a test center and test date

On the following page you have to select a test region and the time frame (maximum 60 days long) in which you want to take the test. When you click search, available test locations and test dates are shown below.

4. Enter your ID information

After confirmation in the following step, you have to enter your ID information. To be save, it is best if you enter the ID of your passport or national ID. Important: make sure that you bring the same ID that you entered here to the test!

5. Select your reporting options

In the following step, you will be asked if you would like to receive the report only online or also via mail. You should always request a paper copy, as this is useful for additional applications, job applications etc.!

Now, you have to select the universities that should directly receive your test results. Make sure to check the application instructions of those universities for a institution code so that your results end up at the right department. Up to 4 recipients are included in the testing fee. It is recommended, that you add all the recipients at this point or at latest 1 day before the test. During or after the test day you have to pay for every additional recipient.

6. Further questions

In the next steps, you will get asked some questions and some promotions. You only have to answer the questions marked with a red *. 

TOEFL will also offer some preparation material, but there are many more offers out there, that are probably better suited for your needs and with a better price. Read my article “Tips for a perfect TOEFL preparation” and save money for your TOEFL preparation.

7. Confirm and Pay

Finally, you see an overview of your test registration. Make sure to check all details carefully:

  • Name and birth date exactly like on the ID
  • ID number (bring the same ID to the test!)
  • Test location, test date and test time
  • Universities that should receive the results

After confirming, you will be redirected to the payment page. Currently, you can pay using a credit card, PayPal or a voucher. If the payment was successful, you see a confirmation page. Make sure to save and print the confirmation and bring it to the test.

Did you already prepare? Make sure to have a look at the following resources:

Good luck!

8. Change

Until 10pm (local time) on the day before the test, you can change the universities that should receive the score for free. Log into your account and select “View orders”. You can also update your ID information and contact details using the according entries in the right menu.