Registering for the TOEFL iBT
You have the option between signing up for the TOEFL iBT online through the ETS website, by telephone, or by mail. Even though there is an ETS branch in San Diego (see below), you are no longer allowed to register in person at the testing center directly – everything needs to go through the main ETS offices in New Jersey. They are the only company authorized to design and administer the TOEFL iBT.
Note that your registration will only be final once the test fee is received by ETS. The fee for the test is the same no matter where you take the test in the US, and is currently set at $225 per session. You can do all this online instantly, so we definitely recommend registering online with ETS.
The TOEFL iBT test locations in San Diego
The city of San Diego boasts four local TOEFL test sites that are outfitted to administer the TOEFL iBT in computer labs. They schedule TOEFL tests weekly, usually on Saturdays. Be sure to check the dates and times when you sign up online. These include the ELS Language Center, Internexus, San Diego State University, ETS’s very own San Diego branch, and a Prometric center in La Jolla.
Be sure you allow for plenty of time to arrive by the call time for the test (usually 10 a.m.) with your proof of registration and photo identification. So, verify with your testing site when the call time is, depending on your test date. This will all be explained on your registration confirmation issued by ETS.
- ELS Language Center, San Diego
110 West C Street, Suite 1600
San Diego, California 92101
The Downtown San Diego testing site is located near the Civic Center along the Orange and Blue trolley lines, in the Chamber Building. Underground and surface parking is available. This is the ideal location if you’re in Downtown or the Gaslight District as it’s central and easy to get to via public transportation.
- Internexus San Diego
1807 Robinson Ave., Suite 201
San Diego, California 92103
Internexus is located above the dental office at the same address, just north of Balboa Park, off the 163 Freeway. You’re still in central San Diego, between Hillcrest and North Park.
- ETS – San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, Student Services Bldg., Rm 2549
San Diego, California 92182-7449
San Diego’s ETS branch is located on the campus of San Diego State University Global Campus. It should be easy to reach from the SDSU main campus either on foot or using the Green trolley line.
- Prometrics – Shoreham Place
5075 Shoreham Place, Suite 180
San Diego, California 92122
Adjacent to the UCSD campus and La Jolla – University City area, you’ll find the Prometrics facilities north of the city.
A full list of testing locations and current dates for the TOEFL iBT in the San Diego area can be found on the ETS Global website, where you’ll need to register and reserve your seat. There are even TOEFL test centers farther afield in Orange County and across the border in Ensenada, so it all depends on where you’re willing to go to take the TOEFL. The ETS website will be your best guide to finding a location and date that works for you.
Preparing for the TOEFL iBT
The TOEFL iBT is recognized internationally by countless university admissions offices and companies, so if you plan on studying or working in or near San Diego, you’ll surely have to certify your English level with a good score on the TOEFL.
There are countless in-person TOEFL preparation classes either in your home country or in the US, including at many of the testing locations listed above. Alternatively, you can train on your own using at-home books or online sources, such as with GlobalExam. Visit GlobalExam to try out their TOEFL preparation programs with a free trial.
What GlobalExam can offer you!
GlobalExam offers two ways to prepare for the TOEFL: the training mode, which provides more than 100 hours of revision exercises and over 2,500 practice questions, and the exam mode, which lets you practice with several mock TOEFL tests so you’ll have the feel of the real TOEFL experience before your actual test day.
You’ll also get study guides that go over the grammar and vocabulary you’ll need to boost your score on the TOEFL and your English skills overall. One of the most useful features is the personal statistics function that lets you monitor your progress so you can pinpoint your problem areas and work toward your target score for the TOEFL – almost like a game!
Let your TOEFL adventure and academic future in San Diego start with GlobalExam and we’re sure that you’ll be prepared to earn a top score in no time!