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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: Benguela
  • Barbados: St. Michael
  • Belize: Belize City
  • Bhutan: Thimphu
  • Brunei Darussalam: Brunei
  • Burundi: Bujumbra
  • Cameroon: Bertoua
  • Central African Republic: Bangui
  • Chad: N’djamena
  • Comoros: Moroni
  • Congo DRC: Bukavu, Gomo City, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi
  • Equatorial Guinea: Malabo
  • Eritrea: Asmara
  • Fiji: Suva
  • Iraq: Basra
  • Kazakhstan: Aktobe, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanay, Semey
  • Kyrgyzstan: Osh
  • Liberia: Monrovia
  • Libya: Benghazi
  • Madagascar: Antanamarivo
  • Maldives: Male
  • Marshall Islands: Ebeye, Majuro
  • Micronesia: Chuuk, Kolonia, Koror, Kosrae, Yap
  • Myanmar: Mandalay
  • Niger: Niamey
  • Nigeria: Aba
  • Papua New Guinea: Papua
  • Sierra Leone: Freetown
  • South Sudan: Juba
  • Sudan: Khartoum
  • Syria: Damascus
  • Tanzania: Moshi
  • 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.

  • Angola: Benguela (PBT), Luanda (iBT and PBT)
  • Burkina Faso: Ougadougou (iBT and PBT)
  • Cameroon
    • PBT Only: Bertoua
    • iBT only: Buea, Douala, Yaounde
  • Djibouti: Djibouti (iBT and PBT)
  • Iraq
    • PBT only: Basra
    • iBT only: Baghdad, Babil, Duhok City, Erbil, Sulaimani
  • Kazakhstan
    • PBT only: Aktobe, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanay, Semey
    • iBT only: Alma-Ata
  • Kyrgystan: Bishkek (iBT only), Osh (PBT only)
  • Myanmar: Mandalay (PBT only), Yangon (iBT and PBT)
  • Nigeria
    • PBT only: Aba
    • iBT only: Abuja, Asaba, Benin City, Enugu, Ibadan, Jos, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt
  • Papua New Guinea: Papua (PBT only), Ukarumpa (iBT only)
  • Suriname: Paramaribo (iBT and PBT)
  • Tanzania: Dar Es Salaam (iBT only), Moshi (PBT only)
  • Togo: Lome (iBT and PBT)
  • Zimbabwe: Bulawaro (iBT only), Harare (PBT only)


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4 Responses to Where Can You Take the TOEFL PBT?

  1. Frank October 31, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    Please I need office location in Juba south sudan

  2. loma September 22, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    i was trying to take the toefl pbt but i couldnt find the location here in my country addis ababa ethiopia

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Ioma,

      According to ETS, only the internet-based test is offered in Addis Ababa. The PbT isn’t offered in many places anymore.

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