How to Register for the TOEFL


register for the TOEFL

Register for the TOEFL

The following information is taken from the official TOEFL website.  The first thing you need to do before you register for the TOEFL is to check your location.  Make sure the TOEFL iBT is offered where you live.


(except Hong Kong and Macau): You must register at see


No. You MUST register for the TOEFL prior to the test day.  You can’t register for the TOEFL test by going to the test site on the day of the exam.


If you need special testing accommodations due to disability or health-related issues you can’t register by phone. You can get more information on how to request accommodations and register for the test here.

How to register for the TOEFL online

The benefit of registering online is that it’s fast, easy, and you can do it 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Click here to learn about Identification Requirements. You MUST enter one form of ID before you can register for a test date.  The TOEFL exam is VERY serious about providing correct identification – especially on test day.  This is to prevent people from cheating and to ensure that the test-taker is the person registered.


  • You can pay with a credit/debit card: American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard®or VISA®. You can also use a PayPal® account, or an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.

    NOTE: American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and e-checks are not accepted for the following locations: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Togo. Only VISA cards are accepted for those locations.


Register by Phone

If you prefer to register for the TOEFL by phone there are a couple things to know before you call


  • Check out the Registration Form (PDF) before you call so you know what information you need. The way you spell your name on the TOEFL registration form must match you ID exactly. See Identification Requirements.
  • To find your Regional Registration Center (RRC) specific phone number, click here and select your location.
  • You can pay with credit/debit card: American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA; or with an electronic check (e-check) if you have a bank account in the United States or its territories.
  • Registration closes 7 days before your test date.
  • Late registration by phone closes at 5 p.m. local test center time on the business day before the test and has a late fee of US$40.

Register by Mail

Lastly, you can always register for the TOEFL by mail.  This option requires more advanced planning isn’t ideal if you’re looking for last-minute registration.

  • You can find the printable Registration Form (PDF) here.  Spell your name exactly as it appears on the identification you will bring on test day. Click here to learn all about the TOEFL Identification Requirements.
  • Choose 1 of the payment methods listed on the form.
  • If you are testing outside the United States, U.S. territories and Canada, mail your form and payment to your RRC. To find the contact information for your RRC, go to and select the country where you plan to test. If you are testing in the United States, a U.S. territory or Canada, use the mailing address listed on the Registration Form.
  • Forms must be received at least 4 weeks before your test date.
  • You will receive a hardcopy confirmation.  If you do not receive a confirmation, call the location where you mailed your paperwork — at least 3 business days before your registration deadline.
  • If you register by mail you will need to enter certain codes manually that are input automatically online. See Code Lists for Registering by Mail.

About the Author

Adam is the founder and lead instructor for the English Simple TOEFL program. He's taught English and TOEFL for over ten years, and developed curriculum all over the world. TOEFL is his business, but helping people is his passion. His "office" is always open, so feel free to drop him an email with any questions, complaints, compliments, or funny jokes. He speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian. But you gotta write him in English - you're prepping for the TOEFL!