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TOEFL Test Dates & Guide to Picking a TOEFL Exam Date

Announcement! As of August 1, 2019, the TOEFL Reading, Listening and Speaking sections will be shortened. The TOEFL will also make changes to its prep materials and scoring system. Because of this, some of the info in our blog posts may not yet reflect the new exam format. We cover all the changes here.

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 the 2019. 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.

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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: 2019

Are you planning to take the TOEFL in 2019? 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 2019

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 5, 2019Dec. 29, 2018Jan. 15, 2019Jan. 18, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019Jan. 5, 2019Jan. 23, 2019Jan. 26, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019Jan. 6, 2019Jan. 24, 2019Jan. 27, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019Jan. 19, 2019Feb. 5, 2019Feb. 8, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019Jan. 26, 2019Feb. 12, 2019Feb. 15, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019Feb. 1, 2019Feb. 19, 2019Feb. 22, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019Feb. 9, 2019Feb. 27, 2019Mar. 2, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019Feb. 16, 2019Mar. 5, 2019Mar. 8, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019Feb. 17, 2019Mar. 6, 2019Mar. 9, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019Feb. 24, 2019Mar. 13, 2019Mar. 16, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2018Mar. 1, 2019Mar. 18, 2019Mar. 21, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019Mar. 2, 2019Mar. 19, 2019Mar. 22, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019Mar. 9, 2019Mar. 26, 2019Mar. 29, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019Mar. 27, 2019Apr. 9, 2019Apr. 12, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019Mar. 28, 2019Apr. 10, 2019Apr. 13, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019Mar. 29, 2019Apr. 15, 2019Apr. 18, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019Mar. 30, 2019Apr. 16, 2019Apr. 19, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019Mar. 6, 2019Apr. 23, 2019Apr. 26, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019Apr. 27, 2019May 14, 2019May 17, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019May 3, 2019May 20, 2019May 23, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019May 4, 2019May 21, 2019May 24, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019May 11, 2019May 29, 2019Jun. 1, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019May 12, 2019May 30, 2019Jun. 2, 2019
Sunday, May 26, 2019May 19, 2019Jun. 6, 2019Jun. 9, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019May 25, 2019Jun. 11, 2019Jun. 14, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019Jun. 7, 2019Jun. 24, 2019Jun. 27, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019Jun. 8, 2019Jun. 25, 2019Jun. 28, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019Jun. 9, 2019Jun. 26, 2019Jun. 29, 2016
Saturday, June 29, 2019Jun. 22, 2019Jul. 11, 2019Jul. 14, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019Jun. 29, 2019Jul. 16, 2019Jul. 19, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019Jun. 30, 2019Jul. 17, 2019Jul. 20, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019Jul. 5, 2019Jul. 22, 2019Jul. 25, 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019Jul. 6, 2019Jul. 23, 2019Jul. 26, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019Jul. 13, 2019Jul. 30, 2019Aug. 2, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019Jul. 20, 2019Aug. 6, 2019Aug. 9, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019Jul. 21, 2019Aug. 7, 2019Aug. 10, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019Jul. 27, 2019Aug. 13, 2019Aug. 16, 2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019Aug. 3, 2019Aug. 20, 2019Aug. 23, 2019
Saturday, August 24, 2019Aug. 17, 2019Sep. 4, 2019Sep. 7, 2019
Saturday, August 25, 2019Aug. 18, 2019Sep. 5, 2019Sep. 8, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019Aug. 25, 2019Sep. 12, 2019Sep. 15, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019Aug. 31, 2019Sep. 17, 2019Sep. 20, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019Sep. 14, 2019Oct. 1, 2019Oct. 4, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019Sep. 15, 2019Oct. 2, 2019Oct. 5, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019Sep. 21, 2019Oct. 8, 2019Oct. 11, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019Sep. 27, 2019Oct. 14, 2019Oct. 17, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019Oct. 5, 2019Oct. 22, 2019Oct. 25, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019Oct. 6, 2019Oct. 23, 2019Oct. 26, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019Oct. 11, 2019Oct. 28, 2019Oct. 31, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019Oct. 12, 2019Oct. 29, 2019Nov. 1, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019Oct. 19, 2019Nov. 5, 2019Nov. 8, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019Oct. 20, 2019Nov. 6, 2019Nov. 9, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019Oct. 26, 2019Nov. 12, 2019Nov. 15, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019Oct. 27, 2019Nov. 13, 2019Nov. 16, 2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019Nov. 2, 2019Nov. 19, 2019Nov. 22, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019Nov. 3, 2019Nov. 20, 2019Nov. 23, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019Nov. 9, 2019Nov. 26, 2019Nov. 29, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019Nov. 10, 2019Nov. 27, 2019Nov. 30, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019Nov. 15, 2019Dec. 4, 2019Dec. 7, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019Nov. 16, 2019Dec. 5, 2019Dec. 8, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019Nov. 24, 2019Dec. 11, 2019Dec. 14, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019Nov. 31, 2019Dec. 17, 2019Dec. 20, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019Dec. 1, 2019Dec. 18, 2019Dec. 21, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019Dec. 6, 2019Dec. 26, 2019Dec. 29, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019Dec. 7, 2019Dec. 27, 2019Dec. 30, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019Dec. 13, 2019Jan. 2, 2019Jan. 5, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019Dec. 14, 2019Jan. 3, 2019Jan. 6, 2019

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 2019. 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

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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).

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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.

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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 we’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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