What should I bring to the TOEFL exam?

On the day of your TOEFL test, be sure to bring:

  1. A print-out of your confirmation email from ETS;
  2. A photo identification card.
    – Make sure that it has a photo of you and that it is not expired.
    – Your ID name must be an exact match with the name on your confirmation email.
    – Your identification card must also have your signature on it.
    – If you are outside your home country, be sure you bring your passport as your ID;
  3. Layers of clothing. The temperature at the test center can be either too hot or too cold. Make sure you are prepared by having a few layers of clothing that are warm, but can be taken off if it gets too hot;
  4. A small snack. Usually you have a place to store your items while you take your test. It’s a good idea to bring a snack that you can eat during the break. The TOEFL can last four hours or more, so you will likely need the extra energy.
    – Do not eat anything with too much sugar because although this can provide you with a surge of energy at first, this surge will be followed by a feeling of tiredness.
    – Call your test center any time before your test to make sure they will provide you with a space to keep your snack;
  5. Yourself, fully rested. The TOEFL is a tiring test. For maximum performance, get your body used to the test schedule.
    – Get at least two good nights’ sleep before the test (not just one).
    – Furthermore, for several days before the test, try to wake up at the same time as you will on test day. This is to help your body adjust to that schedule.
    – Finally, the day before the test, set a cut-off time for your studying so you do not end up studying all night. For example, set a 5:00 p.m. cut-off time for studying, so you can enjoy your dinner and have a relaxing night before the test. It is important to not study all night and be stressed!

Do NOT bring:

  • Any valuables or a lot of money. You may not have a secured place to keep them during the test.
  • Extra paper, pens and pencils. Paper and pencils will be provided for you at the test center.

Here is the official page from ETS to read for yourself: www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/test_day/bring/

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