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TOEFL Test Dates & Guide to Picking a TOEFL Exam Date

So you need to take the TOEFL. But when should you take it? This depends a lot on which TOEFL test dates are available, of course. And it also depends on your own study needs and prep timeline. Below, we’ll give you a list of TOEFL exam dates for 2016-2017. And we’ll give you some advice on how to choose the TOEFL exam date that’s right for you. Click on a TOEFL test date topic from the navigation table below to skip to that section, or continue scrolling down to review all our TOEFL exam dates information.
 
Available TOEFL Exam Dates
Which TOEFL Test Date to Pick: A Practical Guide
TOEFL Availability in Your City or Region
TOEFL PBT Availability vs. TOEFL iBT Availability
When You Should Take the TOEFL

Available TOEFL Exam Dates: 2017

Are you planning to take the TOEFL in 2017? Great! You’re in the right place to find all the TOEFL test dates for this year! Here’s what you need to know.

TOEFL Test Dates in 2017

You can find a full list of exam dates in this PDF by ETS, as well as the approximate score posting date. The dates are listed in this table as well:

TOEFL Test DateApplication DeadlineScores Posted Online
(estimated date)
Score Report Generated
(estimated date)
Saturday, January 7, 2017Dec. 31, 2016Jan. 8, 2017Jan. 21, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017 Jan. 7, 2017Jan. 25, 2017Jan. 28, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017Jan. 13, 2017Jan. 30, 2017Feb. 2, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Jan. 15, 2017Feb. 1, 2017Feb. 4, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017 Jan. 27, 2017Feb. 13, 2017Feb. 16, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017 Jan. 28, 2017Feb. 14, 2017Feb. 17, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Feb. 4, 2017Feb. 22, 2017Feb. 25, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017Feb. 11, 2017Mar. 1, 2017Mar. 4, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Feb. 18, 2017Mar. 7, 2017Mar. 10, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017Feb. 19, 2017Mar. 8, 2017Mar. 11, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 Feb. 24, 2017Mar. 13, 2017Mar. 16 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017Feb. 25, 2017Mar. 14, 2017Mar. 17, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Mar. 4, 2017Mar. 21, 2017Mar. 24, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017Mar. 18, 2017Apr. 4, 2017Apr. 7, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017Mar. 25, 2017Apr. 11, 2017Apr. 14, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Apr. 8, 2017Apr. 25, 2017Apr. 28, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017Apr. 14, 2017May 1, 2017May 4, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017Apr. 16, 2017May 3, 2017Mar 6, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Apr. 22, 2017May 9, 2017May 12, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017Apr. 29, 2017May 16, 2017May 19, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017 May 6, 2017May 23, 2017May 26, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017 May 13, 2017May 31, 2017Jun. 3, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017May 20, 2017Jun. 7, 2017Jun. 10, 2017
Saturday, June 3, 2017May 27, 2017Jun. 13, 2017Jun. 16, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017 Jun. 2, 2017Jun. 19, 2017Jun. 22, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017Jun. 3, 2017Jun. 20, 2017Jun. 23 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Jun. 17, 2017Jul. 5, 2017Jul. 8, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017Jun. 18, 2017Jul. 6, 2017Jul. 9, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017Jun. 24, 2017Jul. 12, 2017Jul. 15, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017Jun. 25, 2017Jul. 13, 2017Jul. 16, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017 Jul. 1, 2017Jul. 18, 2017Jul. 21, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017Jul. 8, 2017Jul. 25, 2017Jul. 28, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Jul. 15, 2017Aug. 1, 2017Aug. 4, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017Jul. 22, 2017Aug. 8, 2017Aug. 11, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Jul. 29, 2017Aug. 15, 2017Aug. 18, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017Aug. 5, 2017Aug. 22, 2017Aug. 25, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Aug. 19, 2017Sep. 6, 2017Sep. 9, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017 Aug. 20, 2017Sep. 7, 2017Sep. 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017Sep. 2, 2017Sep. 19, 2017Sep. 22, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017Sep. 9, 2017Sep. 26, 2017Sep. 29, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017Sep. 10, 2017Sep. 27, 2017Sep. 30, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017Sep. 15, 2017Oct. 2, 2017Oct. 5, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Sep. 16, 2017Oct. 3, 2017Oct. 6, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Sep. 17, 2017Oct. 4, 2017Oct. 7, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017 Sep. 22, 2017Oct. 9, 2017Oct. 12, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017Sep. 23, 2017Oct. 10, 2017Oct. 13, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017 Oct. 6, 2017Oct. 23, 2017Oct. 26, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017Oct. 7, 2017Oct. 24, 2017Oct. 27, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017Oct. 8, 2017Oct. 25, 2017Oct. 28, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Oct. 14, 2017Oct. 31, 2017Nov. 3, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017Oct. 21, 2017Nov. 7, 2017Nov. 10, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017 Oct. 22, 2017Nov. 8, 2017Nov. 11, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017Oct. 27, 2017Nov. 13, 2017Nov. 16, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017Oct. 28, 2017Nov. 14, 2017Nov. 17, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017Nov. 4, 2017Nov. 21, 2017Nov. 18, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017Nov. 27, 2017Nov. 30, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017 Nov. 10, 2017Nov. 29, 2017Dec. 2, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017Nov. 11, 2017Nov. 30, 2017Dec. 3, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017 Nov. 18, 2017Dec. 6, 2017Dec. 9, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017 Nov. 19, 2017Dec. 7, 2017Dec. 10, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017Dec. 12, 2017Dec. 15, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017 Dec. 1, 2017Dec. 18, 2017Dec. 21, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017Dec. 2, 2017Dec. 19, 2017Dec. 22, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Dec. 3, 2017Dec. 20, 2017Dec. 27, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017Dec. 9, 2017Jan. 2, 2017Jan. 5, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017Dec. 10, 2017Jan. 3, 2017Jan. 6, 2017

Not all exam dates are offered in every location

Above is a list of all of the exam dates ETS offers for the TOEFL over the course of 2017. However, not all of these dates are offered in each location. To find which dates are offered near you, you can look up test dates at specific locations here. Or, you can log into your TOEFL iBT account!

Once you’ve decided when to take the test and have signed up for it, you should check out our online TOEFL preparation course!


 

Which TOEFL Test Date to Pick: A Practical Guide


 

TOEFL Availability in Your City or Region

As you think about the exam date you’ll choose, the first thing you should consider is the exam’s availability. As I mentioned above, not all exam dates are available in a given location. Check to see not just when a TOEFL exam might be available, but also where the TOEFL is available.

It’s possible that the nearest test center on a given exam date is an hour or two away from you by travel… or possibly even further away. At the same time, other exam dates might be offered nearer to you. On the right dates, the TOEFL may be available in your home community, or nearby. Be sure to check on both location and test dates. Again, you can find this information on the official TOEFL registration website, or by logging into your ETS TOEFL account.

 

TOEFL PBT Availability vs. TOEFL iBT Availability

Although ETS says they plan to stop offering the TOEFL Paper-Based-Test (PBT) at some point in the future, the PBT is still a very common test format in many parts of the world. You may live in a place that offers TOEFL PBT only, or you may have a choice between TOEFL PBT or TOEFL iBT. If you are in either one of those situations, you should be aware that PBT and iBT have different availability.

Since the TOEFL iBT is taken on a computer, it’s easy for ETS to administer the test. That means the days when you can take the TOEFL iBT are much more frequent than the possible dates to take the PBT (that’s the paper-based test).
toefl test dates
In fact, the TOEFL test dates in many countries are so frequent that you can take the test any week of the year. To see the days when you can take the test, check the official list of test centers and dates. The “clickable” days on that list only go three months into the future, though–if you are planning for more than three months from now, you won’t be able to book specific test dates.

That is, unless you’re taking the PBT. Not all countries still administer the PBT, but if you are in one of those countries, there will only be 3-4 test dates in the next 6 months. Those are also listed on the official site.

 

When You Should Take the TOEFL

If you’re planning on beginning grad school within a year, you will want to choose a date to take the TOEFL relatively soon. Many U.S. college and graduate school programs require applications a long time before the start of the the semester–sometimes as many as 10 months ahead of time, and you’ll want to make sure you leave enough time to send your scores as well. But, this depends on what programs you are going to apply to. Check the websites of the schools you’re interested in, and possibly email the admissions office if you’re not sure when applications are due.

When you should take the test ultimately depends on how soon those deadlines are. But you should also consider how long it will take you to fully prepare for the TOEFL. Generally speaking, if you’re going to have to take the test, it should be at least a couple of months from when you start studying. You want time to prepare fully and take a few TOEFL sample tests. So the later scheduled days on the list of test dates should be appropriate for most people who read this blog. But that assumes your application deadlines are also months into the future, at least.

Let’s imagine two scenarios to illustrate good timing:

Scenario 1 – Applying to Schools Eventually

You are applying to a graduate school program or college eventually, maybe next year. This is a good opportunity to check your ability now. Study for the TOEFL for one or two months, practicing the format and strategies as much as possible. Then take the test. This might be many, many months before your applications are due, but that’s okay. This is because TOEFL scores rely on two things: general academic English ability and test familiarity/strategy. General English ability takes a long time to improve. Strategy can be learned more quickly. So you want to improve your strategy as much as possible and take the test relatively soon. This way, you can see whether your goals are realistic.

If your score is lower than you expected, you can adjust your plan. You will have to improve your general English ability, and that takes time. If your score is at the level you want, then that’s great. You can spend your time in the next months improving your application in other ways, such as preparing for the GRE, GMAT, or ACT.
TOEFL exam dates
Scenario 2 – Applying to Schools Soon

The application deadline for your program is within months. If this is the case, then you want to check out those TOEFL test dates now, and schedule the test for a time near the deadline. Give yourself as much study time as possible. It often takes month to really learn how to take the TOEFL well and get the highest score you can. And more than a month is ideal. So set aside the maximum available prep time, within your due date.

It’s not easy to make a plan like this. The main things to consider when scheduling are these:

  • Give yourself enough time to study for the test, then take it as soon as you feel comfortable with the format and content.
  • If your scores are too low in practice, but you’re familiar with the format, then you need to work on content familiarity. This means you need to improve your general academic English ability. This will take more time. How much time? That depends on your level of English now and your goal score.
  • The TOEFL is not cheap. Ideally, you want to take it just once. If you need to retake, be sure that you give yourself enough time to improve your scores before you take the test again. The second test should be the last test, ideally.

Good luck!

If you’re just starting to have a go at studying for the TOEFL, check out these posts I’ve written up about the exam:

TOEFL Reading Practice
TOEFL Listening Practice
TOEFL Speaking Topics
TOEFL Writing Topics
 
This post was updated on 3/16/17 with help and information from David Recine.

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16 Responses to TOEFL Test Dates & Guide to Picking a TOEFL Exam Date

  1. Rongrong January 27, 2016 at 1:37 am #

    Hi Rachel,

    I have rescheduled my test day from Feb 20 to Feb 12 paying $60 through paypal. The details indicated the transaction was completed. But in my iBT account the test day was not rescheduled. What can I do now? Is there any delay about the reschedule process?

    Thanks,

    Rongrong

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri January 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Rongrong,

      I’d suggest contacting ETS about this. You should definitely include the receipt you received from PayPal in your email. Good luck, and let me know if that doesn’t work!

      Best,
      Rachel

    • Neil February 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Ronggrong… Can you please tell me how was your test? I have test tomorrow.. Please email me at nilzzzz@gmail.com..

  2. Olga July 9, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Rachel,

    Thank you very much for informative posts!

    Could you please tell me what should I do if I already have an ETS account for GRE test? Should I create another account for TOEFL IBT?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      Yes, you’ll need to create a separate account for each ETS exam you take.

  3. Yash October 18, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    I have a confusion about dates.
    Dates on ETS site are lesser in number that of yours.
    Why it is like that?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      I looked at the ETS PDF linked in this post, and I think I see what you mean. On the third page of ETS’s official PDF, it looks like the dates stop at the third line with Friday October 14, 2015. The rest of that page is clearly blank. This makes it look like ETS lists fewer dates than this Magoosh post, since our post continues all the way to the end of December.

      If that’s what your asking about, keep scrolling down– there’s a fourth page int he ETS PDF that lists the remaining TOEFL testing dates for 2016. Because most of page 3 is blank,t his fourth page is kind of “hidden.” I found this very confusing too!

      If that’s not what you mean, and you’re seeing “lesser” dates on the ETS site for a different reason, let me know what you see, and I’ll check it out and get back to you.

      • Yash October 21, 2016 at 10:36 am #

        Okay! Now I get it. But it is now opposite of what I was assuming!

        https://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?urlSource=toefl&newRegURL=&test=TOEFL&greClosed=new&greClosedCountry=China&browserType=&toeflType=&redirect=&t_country1=group_India

        I have visited this link and that shows hardly 5 dates in Nov-16. Whereas ETS is giving almost 15 dates in November mentioned in the PDF. There must be something wrong with this unctuous behavior of ETS.
        My confusion increased more due this! Can you please help me out here?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 22, 2016 at 11:17 am #

          Hi Yash,

          You should definitely follow the dates listed in the ETS site! We are a test prep company so we don’t have any control over when or where the tests are offered–we listed the dates and times here as a quick reference, but the ETS website will have the most up-to-date information about what tests are offered in your region and when. If you are confused, I recommend that you contact an ETS office in your region. They can provide you with the best information!

  4. Yash October 24, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Hey thanks for suggestion. Helped me a lot.
    And may I know your name?
    Thank you once again.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      I’m glad our blog response team has been able to help you. I can’t really give you just one name, as at least two of our blog response people contributed to this conversation. One of them was me— I gave you the initial advice about the blank page on the official ETS PDF. I’m not sure which colleague of mine gave you the follow up advice about always trusting ETS’s dates over other sources, but perhaps he or she will step forward to take credit.

      My name is David, and I’ve enjoyed talking to you, Yash. 😉

  5. Mohammed Alimamie Cooper May 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Ronggrong:
    My name is Mohammed Alimamie Cooper from Monrovia, Liberia. I’m facing little a problem concerning the registration date and test date in my country.
    I just read the update on my country TOEFL registration and test dates which was slated for April 2,2017 and it’s said to be late for my process.
    I don’t know how l’m going to do my process.

    Is there any information I can get other then the previous if yes please help me sir.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 15, 2017 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Mohammed! Thanks for writing 🙂 I’m sorry to hear that you’re having an issue with your test registration. Unfortunately, it seems like your option at this point is to wait for the next testing date, which will mostly likely be in Fall 2017. You should know that registration for a given exam closes 7 days before the test date. There is also late registration, which closes 4 days before the test date. If you opt for the late registration, you are charged a fee of 40 USD. I hope this helps, at least a little.

      • Mohammed Alimamie Cooper May 18, 2017 at 4:02 am #

        Thanks for the information!!

  6. Efriza October 14, 2017 at 3:16 am #

    I missed my test day for some reason. What should i do? Can i rescheduled?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 14, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Efriza,

      There is no option to reschedule for free. You will have to schedule a new date and pay a new fee. :/


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