End of Life for Paper Based TOEFL Test

Raghuram Sukumar TOEFL 4 Comments

Update from TOEFL site.

The TOEFL PBT test, administered in a paper-based format, will be phased out starting in mid-2012. In some regions, the last TOEFL PBT test administration will be in May 2012. You can take the TOEFL PBT test until that time and submit your scores to institutions and agencies for two years after your test date.

When the TOEFL iBT test was launched in 2005, ETS established a transition period to allow continued use of the paper-based test in countries where infrastructure issues limited our ability to offer the TOEFL iBT test. These issues included unreliable electrical service, Internet connectivity issues and other factors.

Currently, 96 percent of TOEFL test takers worldwide take the TOEFL iBT test and access continues to expand. Also, the TOEFL iBT test is desired by universities because it measures all four communication skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. For these and other reasons, we feel it is time to end paper-based testing.

ETS remains committed to providing access for anyone who wants to take the TOEFL test. Please be assured that ETS is making every effort to ensure that individuals living in areas where the TOEFL PBT test is currently administered will be able to test.


  1. Hi,I really want to know if their is any chance that BPT will be prolonged for some times.
    because ,in the counteries like ethiopia taking iBT Is very diffucalt this is deu to shortage of test centers.i spacefical nee to know if pbt is the given for the last time in ethiopia.

  2. Hi, I am currently pursuing my BTech final year. I want to go for Ms. in U.S.A in the fall of 2014 after doing job for some time to gain better exposure and decide the line of study I want to get deeply involved in. In that case, when would be the best time to give GRE and TOEFL? Also, I am preparing now, seriously for the GRE since I will not have time while in Job. I am planning to give the exams by June or July of this year. Is it ok?

    1. Yeah that would be fine, but try to make sure your line of work is in the same area as the one you’re gonna do MS in, otherwise there’s not much use.

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