Are you looking to take the TOEFL iBT in the Boston area? There are official testing centers authorized by ETS Global in major cities all over the US such as NYC, San Diego, Seattle, Palm Beach, Houston and Chicago so there’s sure to be one close to you. However, no matter where you decide to sit your TOEFL test, you’ll need to create an account beforehand on the ETS Global website to get access to a list of centers and TOEFL testing dates.
Here, GlobalExam explains the registration process step-by-step, how the test is administered in the testing centers, and our tips on how to prepare for success on your TOEFL.
Follow along and find out about the TOEFL testing sites in Beantown and which one best suits your needs in terms of location in the greater Boston area.
How to register for the TOEFL iBT
There are several ways to sign up for a TOEFL iBT session: you can register online, by telephone, or by mail. Note that registering in person at the TOEFL testing site is no longer allowed. Also note that your registration will not be official until your fee payment is received by ETS Global, the organization that produces and administers the TOEFL iBT exclusively. The test fee is the same at all authorized public sessions and is $225 to book a seat.
TOEFL iBT testing centers in Boston
In the city of Boston, there are four TOEFL testing sites equipped to administer the TOEFL on computers. They offer testing dates weekly, generally on Saturdays. Be sure to verify the dates and times on the ETS website when you register. They are the ELS Language Centers in Downtown, Friend Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and the Boston School of English. There are also centers in nearby Burlington, Brockton, Lowell, and in Providence, RI.
On the day of the test, you’ll need to show up on time (generally at 10 a.m. – verify with your testing center) with your proof of registration delivered by ETS and your photo identification. The Boston metropolitan area is generally well served by public transportation: either the subway, tram, light rail, or of course private transport can easily get around the city.
- ELS Language Center, Downtown
125 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
The Downtown ELS location is a stone’s toss from the Red Line subway stop at Park Street and Boston Common. The main lab is upstairs, but the computer lab, where the TOEFL is administered is hidden below the street level. This is the ideal location if you’re in central Boston or traveling through as it’s easy to get to from the main South bus station.
- ELS Language Center, Friend Street
225 Friend Street, Suite 300
Boston, Massachusetts, 02114
The Friend Street location is also located in central Boston. The entrance to the office building housing the TOEFL testing site is tucked in a small street and is accessible only a mile or so from the center of The City.
- ELS Language Center, Commonwealth Avenue
930 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite LL1
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
Toward the western end of town, on the campus of Boston University, you’ll find the Commonwealth Avenue location. It can be reached easily on surface streets or the Tram B line at Pleasant Street.
- Boston School of English
814 South Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02131
The Boston School of English is located in a charming former church building and is located a short walk from the Needham Line train at the Roslindale Village station in Boston’s northern end.
Finally, the TOEFL testing site in Providence (actually in Cumberland) just over the border in Rhode Island will be your best bet for finding a seat to take the TOEFL in the greater Providence area.
A full list of testing locations and current dates for the TOEFL iBT in the Boston area can be found on the ETS Global website, where you’ll need to register and reserve your seat.
How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT
No matter where you take your TOEFL iBT, you’ll need to prepare well in advance to have the best chance of getting a top score. The TOEFL iBT is a very specific standardized test, so you shouldn’t go in unprepared.
You can sign up for a preparation class in the US or your home country, train on your own using books or online sources, including with GlobalExam. Visit GlobalExam to check out their TOEFL-specific preparation programs for free.
You’ll get two ways to prepare for the TOEFL: the training mode, with over 100 hours of revision exercises and 2,500 practice questions, and the exam mode, where you take several mock TOEFL tests so you can get a feel for the TOEFL in real conditions before the big day.
We also offer study guides that go over the grammar and vocabulary you’ll need to boost your English abilities in view of taking the TOEFL. One of the best features is our personal statistics function which lets you track your progress and work toward your target TOEFL score.
Let your TOEFL adventure and academic future in Boston start with GlobalExam and we’re sure that you’ll be prepared to earn a winning score in no time!