Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 11:50 IST

As is the rule with any exam, you need to be at the TOEFL testing centre at least half an hour early to get settled. Make sure you visit the centre address a day before so you know where to go. While entering, there is usually a security screening to make sure no one cheats. There will be provisions for lockers or a second room where you can keep your phone and other things that are not allowed into the testing centre, which brings me to my next topic.

What to Bring on the Day of the Test

Everything you need for the exam will be provided at the exam centre. You need to carry your registration number/admit card, ID (passport in case of Indian students). Since TOEFL is a computer-generated exam, you do not need to bring paper and a pencil; they are anyway provided at the centre in case you need to make notes. You are allowed to bring water and snacks for a break.

It is recommended that the snack you bring has a bit of sugar/glucose in it. It could be a sweet protein bar that will satiate your hunger for a longer time. Make sure you do not overdose on sugar, as that will affect your concentration.

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During the TOEFL Test

You will be provided with paper for taking notes and a pencil. For the Listening and Speaking section, you will have headphones with an attached microphone with which you will be recording your answers. There will be a 10-minute break halfway through the exam, after the Reading and Listening sections. That is just enough time to snack a bit and stretch your body. In case of an emergency, you can take breaks during the test but the clock will continue ticking.

After the TOEFL Test

When you are finished, you can collect your belongings and leave the test room. You can leave early if you want.


  • You do not need to stress about TOEFL as if you have been taught English since childhood, you shouldn’t have issues performing well.
  • Before starting the Reading section, take a minute or two to compose yourself.
  • Do not study on test day. It will only stress you out rather than do any good.
  • Solve lots of practice tests. Do not underestimate the importance of mock tests during the course of your preparation. It is the single most important factor that can improve your scores by a large margin.
  • Most computer test centres are air-conditioned, so wear comfortable and warm clothes. You do not want cold feet (literally) on the test day.
  • For the Writing section, you get only 20 minutes. They may seem adequate, but they are about enough to proofread your essay only once. So be quick!
  • You need to concentrate hard during the Speaking and Listening sections. The headphones provided will not be noise-cancelling ones, so you need to listen hard.
  • You do not need to yell into the microphone, your response is best recorded in natural tone and volume.
  • Try not to hesitate while speaking. It is hard, but you have to practice speaking in a continuous flow. If you become blank during speaking, take a pause for a couple of seconds and resume.

Keep these simple tips in mind and attempt the TOEFL exam with a calm mind. If you have any other suggestions, please write them down in the comments section below.

TOEFL Exam Day Tips FAQs

Q. Is TOEFL hard?

A. Definitely not. Throughout your schooling and graduation (if applicable), you have learnt English. Once you understand the pattern and the syllabus, and practice the required study material, you can easily score well on the TOEFL. However, do not take the test lightly. Your efforts should always be sincere.

Q. I feel anxious on the test day. What should I do?

A. Remember to do breathing exercise before the test. This might sound a little strange, but breathing exercises can really calm your nerves. Remember that this is just a test and you can always retake it. Anxiety will not help you perform well.

Q. My speed is slow. How can I overcome this issue?

A. Mock tests. This is the only way to identify and overcome your weak areas. There is no better judge that a mock test analysis. You can afford to miss a coaching, but you should not miss a mock test at any cost. Practice as much as you can.

Q. I find it difficult to sit for long hours. What should I do?

A. Home practice and mock tests. This is the only possible solution for this problem. You must allow your mind and body to adapt to long sitting hours. This will not come in a day. Repeated mock tests and making yourself sit forcefully for long hours during your preparation can do wonders on the test day.

Q. I feel as if I haven’t done well on the test. Should I retake it?

A. If you feel that you haven’t performed well on the TOEFL test, you always have an option to retake it. However, you must realize that there was something that was lacking in your previous attempt. You need to get back to the drawing board and find your mistakes so that you can overcome them in your next attempt.
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