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Where Can You Take the TOEFL PBT?

There are two versions of the TOEFL: the Internet-based test (iBT) and the paper-based-test (PBT). Magoosh and similar TOEFL prep websites focus on the TOEFL iBT for a reason: it’s much more widely available than the TOEFL PBT. In fact, ETS has announced plans to completely replace the replace the PBT with the iBT… eventually.

I emphasize the word “eventually,” because for now the PBT is available in a surprisingly long list of places around the world. If you use ETS’ TOEFL testing site locator, you can see where the PBT is and isn’t available. Or you can just let me summarize what’s in the test locator for you! Below is a summary of the fascinating information I found when I checked every TOEFL region for PBT availability.

 

TOEFL countries and regions that offer TOEFL PBT only:

The areas listed below do not have the TOEFL iBT. You can ONLY take the PBT in these nations, territories, and regions. (The cities/localities of the test centers appear after each country name.)

  • Angola: Luanda
  • Aruba: Oranjestad
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka
  • Barbados: Bridgetown
  • Belize: Belize City
  • Bhutan: Thimphu
  • Brunei Darussalam: Brunei
  • Burundi: Bujumbra
  • Chad: N’djamena
  • Comoros: Moroni
  • Congo DRC: Bukavu, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi
  • Djibouti: Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea: Malabo
  • Eritrea: Asmara
  • Fiji: Suva
  • Gaza Strip: Gaza
  • Liberia: Monrovia
  • Madagascar: Antanamarivo
  • Maldives: Male
  • Marshall Islands: Ebeye, Majuro
  • Martinique: La Lamentin
  • Micronesia: Chuuk, Kolonia, Kororo, Kosrae, Yap
  • Niger: Niamey
  • Sierra Leone: Freetown
  • South Sudan: Juba
  • Sudan: Khartoum
  • Suriname: Paramaribo
  • Syria: Damascus
  • Tonga: Tongatapu
  • Turkmenistan: Ashgabat
  • Zimbabwe: Harare

 

TOEFL countries and regions that offer both PBT and iBT

These countries, regions, and territories offer PBT and iBT. Again, the cities/localities of the test sites are noted. After each locality, I have indicated whether the city is PBT only, iBT only, or offers both exams.

  • Afghanistan: Herat (PBT and iBT), Kabul (iBT only), Mazir-I-Sharif (iBT only)
  • American Samoa: As (iBT only), Pago Pago (PBT only)
  • Argentina
    • PBT Only: Chubut
    • iBT only: Buenos Aires, Caba, Cordoba, Mar Del Plata, Mendoza, Posadas, Rosario, San Miguel DE Tucuman
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka (PBT and iBT)
  • Bhutan: Thimphu (PBT and iBT)
  • Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou (PBT and iBT)
  • Ethiopia: Addis Ababa (PBT and iBT)
  • Iraq
    • iBT and PBT: Baghdad
    • PBT only: Basra
    • iBT only: Babylon, Duhok City, Erbil, Sulaimani
  • Kazakhstan
    • iBT and PBT: Astana, Shymkent
    • PBT only: Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Kyslorda, Semey, Taraz City
    • iBT only: Almaty
  • Kyrgistan: Bishkek (iBT only), Osh (PBT only)
  • Libya: Benghazi (PBT only), Triploi (iBT only)
  • Myanmar: Mandalay (PBT only), Yangon (iBT and PBT)
  • Namibia: Windhoek (iBT and PBT)
  • Nigeria
    • PBT only: Aba
    • iBT only: Abuju, Asaba, Benin City, Enudu, Ibadan, Jos, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sangotedo
  • Papua New Guinea: Papua (PBT only), Ukarumpa (iBT only)
  • Portugal: Lisbon (PBT and iBT)
  • Saudi Arabia
    • PBT and iBT: Riyadh (women can choose between the two exams, men can only take iBT)
    • iBT only: Al Ahsa (men only), Al Baha (men only), Al Khobar, Arar, Albaha, Al Raka, Bisha, Dammam, El Taef, Hail, Jazan, Jeddah, Jubail, Khamas Mushayt, Mecca, Medina, Najran, Tabuk, Unaiza, Yanbu
  • South Africa
    • PBT and iBT: Capetown
    • iBT only: Durban, Foreshore, Johannesburg
  • Tanzania: Dar Es Salaam (iBT only), Moshi (PBT only)
  • Togo: Lome (iBT and PBT)

 

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