CHECKLIST: Ten Practical Things to Do on the Day of Your TOEFL Test
Here is a helpful list of ten practical last-minute things you need to do on the day of your TOEFL exam and in the evening preceding it.
1. At the ETS website, choose the universities you want to automatically receive your score report. This is to be done by 10:00 p.m. the night before your test, if you did not do so when you registered. Simply log in, click on “View Orders”, and select your recipients from the list provided. Verify your first selected recipient and select a department, if applicable. Here, you can choose to “add another recipient.”
If you add institutions after the 10:00 p.m. deadline, there will be a $17 fee for each score report.
2. Print your registration confirmation. Note any last minute changes in the test site, like a change in time or building. You need to bring your registration confirmation with you to the testing site. You will need your registration number to be admitted. As ETS states clearly, “The test cannot be taken without it.”
3. Be absolutely clear on the location of the TOEFL testing center, and how to get there from your area. You do not want the stress that comes with hunting for the center while you risk being late for the exam.
4. Clear your schedule on test day. The TOEFL test causes stress, in case you didn’t know! Don’t plan any other important meetings or activities for the same day. Treat yourself to a nice lunch afterwards, or plan a relaxing day to unwind. You deserve it for all the hard work you’ve put in!
5. Get a solid eight hours of sleep before the test. Plan to get a full night’s rest the night before the TOEFL. For overly anxious people, this may require waking up very early the day before the TOEFL, to become very tired the night before the TOEFL, and thus get to sleep more easily.
6. Enjoy a light, healthy meal before the TOEFL. Make sure you have a simple breakfast beforehand that will give you lots of energy without weighing heavily on you, giving you gas or indigestion, or causing you to need the bathroom.
7. Take a bottle of water and a nutritious snack. During the 10-minute break, you’ll need something that is easy to eat that will give you energy for the remainder of the test. Bananas are ideal. Use the break to relax, drink some water, and eat the snack. Don’t plan on finding a vending machine or ordering coffee during the short break. You don’t want to spend your only few minutes standing in line or waiting for service.
8. Bring at least one valid form of photo ID, like your:
As ETS says clearly, “Without the required documents, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will be forfeited.”
- Your country's National ID card
- Local or international driver’s license
9. Go the bathroom before the test. Quite simply stated, you don’t want bathroom needs to arise during the test. While you will be allowed to use the bathroom during the test if needed, the time limits tick away while you are gone!
10. Get to the test center early. Planning to arrive 30 minutes early is a safe move. Traffic in some places can be a mess, so better safe than sorry.
For more information on what to expect on the test day, watch this 7-minute video from ETS and check out this PDF.
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