In order to make a successful study schedule and prepare well for the TOEFL, you should have your testing date in mind. Your testing date will determine how frequently you need to study, because your study schedule will naturally be more intense if you are taking the TOEFL soon, while it can be somewhat gradual if you are not taking the TOEFL for many months.
To establish your TOEFL testing date, you have to officially register for a TOEFL test. You can easily register online through the ETS website:
But don’t click that link just yet! When you register for your TOEFL exam, you need to have a lot of information about your future plans. Before you complete your registration, consider the following things:
1. Where do you want to live?
As we’ve mentioned before, the TOEFL is best for people who are planning to settle in North America, so if you are taking the TOEFL you have probably narrowed your choices down to Canada and the United States. During TOEFL registration, you will be asked to name a specific country where you want to live. If you haven’t quite decided yet, now is the time!
2. When do you want to take the test?
Depending on where you are taking the test, there may be several testing centers near you and several test dates at each center. If you have many options to choose from, you should choose based on your preparation. If you have a lot of time to study in the next few months, you can take the TOEFL within 3 or 4 months from when you begin studying. If you don’t have much time, wait at least 6 months.
3. Where do you want to study?
When you register for the TOEFL, you have the option to choose universities where your scores will be automatically sent. It’s good to take advantage of this feature if you can, so try to develop a short list of schools that you know you are interested in. Those schools will receive your scores at no extra cost to you.
Once you’ve made the above decisions, you are ready to register!