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.


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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. (For an up-to-date list of the cities/localities that host the test centers, see this PDF from the official TOEFL website.)

  • Angola
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo DRC
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Fiji
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Zimbabwe


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. This may not be a fully comprehensive list, since the TOEFL iBT test center search engine is designed to search by city and town, not country. To see if you our specific city or local region offers both PBT and iBT, check out the PDF of TOEFL PBT test sites, and then check that against TOEFL’s iBT registration service. (This service can be accessed by logging into your TOEFL account.)

  • Angola
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Congo DRC
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Togo


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8 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

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Frank,

      You’ll have to look for a testing location directly on the ETS site: https://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=toefl. once you find the site, you will have to create an account and sign up there 🙂

  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.

  3. Peter September 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

    May Toefl PBT is accepted in US? where can I take a Toefl PBT test if I live in Debuque, Iowa?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 7, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      Schools will have their own policy about whether they accept the paper based test or not, so you should check with your schools of interest. From what I can see there is no PBT in the US, but I would double check with ETS: https://www.ets.org/toefl/rpdt/about/

  4. Anna March 17, 2020 at 9:57 am #

    I need choose my exam date and in turkmenistan only pbt offered, but i couldnt found among which dates i can choose, can you tell me in which dates pbt is offered in turkmenistan

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