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University Tests in Tanzania

TOEFL | IELTS | duolingo | SAT | ACT | GRE
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Page last updated 23 September 2020
NOTE – It is possible to take the TOEFL test at home up until 31 December 2020. Details below.

This page is designed to assist students in Tanzania who need to take various tests for university or college admission or for employment purposes outside Tanzania. The information on this page may be inaccurate or out of date, and you are recommended to check the individual test websites (links given below) for accurate details.

For many tests, you will be required to register online about six weeks before the test and must pay with an internationally valid credit card. The fees given below are the amount you will pay if you pay directly using a credit card.


If you do not have a credit card, it is now possible to easily get a virtual Mastercard in Tanzania with either an M-Pesa or Airtel Money account.

In M-Pesa (*150*00#) go to:
4 Pay by MPesa | 6 MPesa Mastercard | 1 Create Card
and create your own card using part of your MPesa balance.
In Airtel (*150*60#) select 6 Financial Services | 1 Airtel Money Mastercard | 1 Create Airtel Money Mastercard.

MPesa/Airtel will send you a card number, CVV code and expiry date, which you can then use to pay online.


If payment with a credit card is still a problem for you, you may contact the Moshi test coordinator on tests@tsws.uk (at least 2 weeks before the registration deadline) for assistance (tests in Moshi only). We can also provide advice regarding any of the tests being held in Moshi.

Further information on some tests may be available from EducationUSA at the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam. See https://tz.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educationusa/ for more details.

UWCEA students should always contact the University Counsellor on campus for advice and support.

Many tests will require you to use your passport (original) or government-issued photo-ID (eg NIDA card – original – or driving licence) as proof of your identity. You must ensure that your name and date of birth on your ID document is EXACTLY the same as the name and date of birth that you provide when registering.

TOEFL® Special Home Edition

Purpose

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

Until 31 December 2020, the Internet-based TOEFL test can be taken AT HOME provided you have a Windows computer and a suitable environment.

Cost

The test costs $210.

Registration

The process of registration is quite lengthy.
See the full details here: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/.


The following tests are planned to be held in Tanzania. Note that there may be some changes due to the Covid-19 outbreak and we will update this page when we receive information.

TOEFL® Paper-delivered Test

Purpose

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. Most countries will allow you to take either the Paper-delivered test or the Internet-based test. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

Location

The Paper-delivered test is only available in Moshi twice per year.

Information

See the TOEFL Registration Bulletin

Practice:

Sample questions are available at www.ets.org/toefl/rpdt/prepare

Dates
Location Test Date Register before:
Moshi 14 Nov 2020 16 Oct 2020
Moshi 10 Apr 2021 12 Mar 2021

The next TOEFL test in Moshi will be on 14th November 2020.

Fees

The fee is currently US$180.

Registration

Register at https://toeflrts.ets.org/OnlineRegistration/rts/StartPage.html.

Contact

Contact tests@tsws.uk or send SMS to +255 767 534766 for details.

TOEFL® Internet-based Test

Purpose

TOEFL® is required by many institutions worldwide to demonstrate that you have a good level of English language proficiency. Most countries will allow you to take either the Paper-delivered test or the Internet-based test. TOEFL® is not usually valid in the UK.

Location

The Dar es Salaam center for the TOEFL® Internet-based test has now re-opened and you can now register to take a test in Dar.

Dates
Location Test Date Register before:
Dar es Salaam 24 Oct 2020 17 Oct 2020
Dar es Salaam 21 Nov 2020 14 Nov 2020
Dar es Salaam 19 Dec 2020 12 Dec 2020
Dar es Salaam 9 Jan 2021 2 Jan 2021
Dar es Salaam 28 Feb 2021 21 Feb 2021

Test dates can be confirmed here: Available test dates.

Cost

The fee is US$210

Practice

Download sample questions here.
ETS® provides a full set of preparation materials at www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/quick_prep/.

Registration


More information available at https://v2.ereg.ets.org/ereg/public/jump?_p=TEL.

IELTS Academic test for UKVI

Purpose

IELTS™ for UKVI is often required by UK immigration and by academic institutions in the UK to demonstrate that you have a good level of English proficiency. It is also accepted in many other countries.
[Note: The alternative Pearson PTE Academic tests are not available in Tanzania]

Location

The IELTS for UKVI is normally available in Dar es Salaam. However, at the time of writing, there are no fixed test dates available in Dar es Salaam. Instead candidates are asked to go to https://ukvionrequest.britishcouncil.org/ to register their interest in taking a test, after which you will be contacted to arrange a date.
There are also no test dates available in neighbouring countries.
These cancellations of test dates are the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is not yet clear when test centres in this region will reopen.

Cost

Not available

Practice

Practice materials are available at https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources.

Registration

More information and registration is available at https://ieltsukvisas.britishcouncil.org/tanzania#/select-country.

IELTS Academic test

Purpose

IELTS is often required by academic institutions to demonstrate that you have a good level of English proficiency. It is also accepted in many countries. Note that this test is NOT valid for UK immigration purposes – if you are planning to study in the UK, you are recommended to take the IELTS test for UKVI (see above).

Location:

The IELTS Academic test is available in Dar es Salaam, (Arusha and Mwanza).

Practice

Practice materials are available at https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/british-council-online-resources.

Dates
Location Test Date Register before:
Dar 15 Oct 2020 8 Oct 2020
Dar 12 Nov 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar 28 Nov 2020 21 Nov 2020
Dar 5 Dec 2020 28 Nov 2020
Dar 19 Dec 2020 12 Dec 2020

 

Fees

The fee is TSh 610,000/-

Registration

More information available at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/.

IELTS Life Skills test

Purpose: This English speaking and listening test is NOT designed for university entry. You should only take this test if you are planning to stay (not study) in the UK with family or friends and need to prove your English language skills.
More information available at https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/.

duolingo English test

Purpose: Many universities in the USA (and a few elsewhere) may now accept the duolingo English test for admission. This is much cheaper ($49) than TOEFL or IELTS and can be done any day online in your own home.
UWCEA students only: Please contact your University Counsellor on campus as she can access test vouchers for you.
More information available at https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants.

SAT® Reasoning Test

Purpose

The SAT® Reasoning test is required by most universities in the USA for admission, although you can also take the ACT® test (see below) instead of the SAT®. It is a test of English and Mathematics and you may also choose to write an essay in English if your college requires this.
(You will pay an additional $16 charge for the essay).

Location

The SAT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
Note: Students will be required to wear a face mask throughout the test.

Practice

Khan Academy® practice materials available at www.uwcea.org/satpractice.
College Board practice materials are at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice.

Dates
Location Test Date Register before:
Moshi 26 Sep 2020 Reg closed
Dar (IST) 26 Sep 2020 Reg closed
Dar (DIA) 26 Sep 2020 Reg closed
Dar (IST) 3 Oct 2020 waitlist available till 27 Sep
Dar (DIA) 3 Oct 2020 waitlist available till 27 Sep
Moshi 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar (IST) 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar (DIA) 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar (IST) 13 Mar 2021 12 Feb 2021
Dar (DIA) 13 Mar 2021 12 Feb 2021
Moshi 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021
Dar (IST) 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021
Dar (DIA) 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021

 

Fees

The SAT test costs $95 plus an additional $16 if you take the essay.

Registration

More information available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.
Waitlisted registration is not possible for August 2020.

SAT® Subject Tests

Purpose:

The SAT® Subject tests are sometimes required by more competitive universities in the USA so that you can demonstrate your skills in certain specific subjects. You may take 1, 2 or 3 subjects in any one test session.

Location

The SAT® subject tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.
Note: Students will be required to wear a face mask throughout the test.

Practice

Practice questions are available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/subjects.

Dates
Location Test Date Register before:
Dar (IST) 3 Oct 2020 waitlist available till 27 Sep
Dar (DIA) 3 Oct 2020 waitlist available till 27 Sep
Dar (IST) 7 Nov 2020 7 Oct 2020
Moshi 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar (IST) 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Dar (DIA) 5 Dec 2020 5 Nov 2020
Moshi 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021
Dar (IST) 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021
Dar (DIA) 8 May 2021 8 Apr 2021
Moshi 5 Jun 2021 3 May 2021
Dar (IST) 5 Jun 2021 3 May 2021
Dar (DIA) 5 Jun 2021 3 May 2021

 

Fees

The cost is $69 plus $22 per subject (up to 3 subjects). Listening tests cost $26 per subject.

Registration

More information available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.
Waitlisted registration is not possible for August 2020.

ACT® Test

Purpose

The ACT®test is required by most universities in the USA for admission, although you can also take the SAT® Reasoning test (see above) instead of the ACT®. It is a test of English, Mathematics and Scientific Reasoning and you may also choose to take a writing test in English if your college requires this.

Location

The ACT® tests are available in Dar es Salaam or Moshi.

Practice

Click here for ACT practice materials.
Further information and practice materials are also available at these two sites:
https://africa.actclub.org/
https://academy.act.org/

Dates
ACT has cancelled all tests scheduled in December 2020 and February 2021. Students can now transfer to or register for other test dates.
Location Test Date Register before:
Dar es Salaam (HoPAc) 10 Oct 2020 2 Oct 2020
Moshi 11 Dec 2020 test cancelled
Dar (HoPAc) 11 Dec 2020 test cancelled
Dar (UDSM) 11 Dec 2020 test cancelled
Dar (HoPAc) 6 Feb 2021 test cancelled
Dar (UDSM) 6 Feb 2021 test cancelled
Moshi 17 Apr 2021 20 Mar 2021
Dar (HoPAc) 17 Apr 2021 20 Mar 2021
Moshi 11 Jun 2021 15 May 2021
Moshi 12 Jun 2021 15 May 2021
Dar (HoPAc) 12 Jun 2021 15 May 2021
Dar (HoPAc) 17 Jul 2021 17 Jun 2021

 

Fees

The cost is $150 plus an additional $16.50 if you take the writing test.

Registration

More information available at https://global.act.org/content/global/en/products-and-services/the-act-non-us.html.

GRE® (Graduate Record Exam)

Purpose

Many colleges in the USA may ask you to take the GRE® if you are applying for graduate study or business studies. You could be asked to take either the GRE® General Test or specific subject tests.
The paper-delivered GRE is no longer offered in Tanzania. All candidates are therefore required to take the computer-based GRE.

Location

the computer-based General Test for GRE® is available at ITTS, Dar es Salaam. Upcoming test dates are 3 October and 28 November 2020. Registration is on a rolling basis.

Cost

The fee for the General GRE is currently US$ 205.

More Information

More information available at www.ets.org/gre.

GRE At Home

You can now take the GRE test at home!
ETS has expanded the availability of at home testing for the GRE® General Test to everywhere the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available unti 31 December 2020, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

At home testing for the GRE General Test is for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors and artificial intelligence technology by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.

The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.
Click here for more details of GRE home testing

Cambridge Assessment

Cambridge Assessment administers a number of different university admissions tests sometimes requested from UK universities. These can include:
BMAT – BioMedical Admissions Test
IMAT – International Medical Admissions Test
MLAT – Modern Languages Admissions Test
TSA – Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxford)
STEP Mathematics
as well as others.
You can register to take these tests at the British Council in Dar es Salaam. It may also be possible for your school to register as a test centre – UWCEA can serve as a test centre for UWCEA students.
Notes: Due to Covid-19, the BMAT test for September 2020 has been cancelled.
In November 2020 the BMAT test will be conducted on a computer at recognised test centres. The fee has been revised to £89.

More information available at www.admissionstestingservice.org.

UCAT

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (previously called UKCAT) is used by many universities in the UK to assess suitability for admission to a university course in medicine. It is available to take in Dar es Salaam at CATS Tanzania Limited, or in 2020 it was also available to take at home. Registration for a 2020 test has now closed. It is expected that registration for tests in 2021 will open in May 2021 for tests after 1st July 2021. The test costs GBP £120. Please note that the UK application deadline for medical courses in the UK is 15th October (eleven months before courses start).

Please go to www.ucat.ac.uk for further information and for registration.

LNAT

The Law National Admissions Test is used by many universities in the UK to assess suitability for admission to a university course in law. It is available to take in Dar es Salaam at CATS Tanzania Limited. Registration is now open online and candidates should register and take the test early in their final school year before planning to start university. The test costs GBP 70. Candidates in Tanzania first have to apply for an LNAT voucher for payment as credit/debit cards are not accepted from Tanzania. LNAT results are only valid for one year.

Please go to www.lnat.ac.uk for further information and for registration.

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