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Standardized Tests
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The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, evaluates the potential success of international students to use and understand English in academic settings. It is an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many colleges and universities in more than 130 countries worldwide.
For the iBT test, online registration is the easiest method. Go to, create a profile, register and pay for the TOEFL iBT test, and designate who should receive your score reports. It is important that you remember your username and password, so that you can return after you test and view your scores online.

Remember: registration closes 7 days before your test date! Late registration closes 3 days before your test date (not including the day of the test) and has a late fee.

The PBT test is offered 6 times a year and you can register online or by mail. Visit
The PBT fee is US$160. The iBT fee varies per country. Visit to see the fee applicable to your country.
The iBT TOEFL scores are posted online usually within 15 days after the test date, then mailed to you and the institutions you selected. Included with your registration fees are (a) 1 score report for you; and (b) up to 4 official score reports that ETS will send directly to the institutions selected as score recipients.

The PBT TOEFL, scores will be mailed to you and the institutions you selected about 5 weeks after the test date.

You may receive your scores by phone before receiving your copy by mail. Visit:
They are valid for 2 years.
You must bring valid identification and your registration number on test day.
The easiest way is to order online. The fee is US17 per report. Log in to your TOEFL iBT account and click "Register for a Test/Order Score Reports" on your home page. Pay by credit or debit card. The scores will be mailed within 4 to 7 business days after the request is received.
The International English Language Testing System tests the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate.

IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and delivered through more than 500 locations in 120 countries.
IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organizations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. To search for a recognizing institution, please visit: and select your country and institution.
Search for your nearest test center on the IELTS Worldwide Search at

IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year. To check all dates available, go to

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