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IELTS vs. TOEFL: Which Should You Take To Study Abroad?

Discussion in 'Academic & Campus Talk' started by Olopso, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. Olopso

    Olopso Participant Established

    If you aren’t an English native speaker, you’ll almost always be
    required to sit an English language proficiency test as part of
    your application to study abroad at an English-speaking
    university.
    The two most accepted English language tests worldwide are
    the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) tests.
    Whilst both accurately test your level of English and are widely
    accepted across over thousands of institutions worldwide, the
    two tests are different in their approach, structure and
    teaching criteria, so you should think carefully about which
    one you’ll choose to sit.
    Read our guide to the differences between IELTS and TOEFL
    to help you decide which is best for you.
    What is IELTS?
    The IELTS is an English language test that is used for
    educational, immigration and occupational purposes, and is
    accepted by over 9,000 institutions across 130 countries
    worldwide. Jointly administered by the British Council,
    University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP
    Education Australia, IELTS uses British English, and is more
    likely to be favoured by UK and institutions in Commonwealth
    nations such as New Zealand and Australia . Depending on the
    entry requirements of your study programme, you might need
    to take either the Academic or General Training IELTS exam.
    What is TOEFL?
    The TOEFL test seeks to test your ability to communicate in
    English in specifically academic, university and classroom-
    based settings. It is accepted by over 8,500 institutions across
    130 countries, including the UK, USA and Australia, as well as
    all of the world’s top 100 universities. TOEFL is administered
    by US-based organization the Education Testing Service, and
    so is conducted in American English. This test is more likely
    to be favoured by American institutions.
    General differences
    Aside from the different styles of English each exam is are
    based on, TOEFL exam questions are almost entirely multiple
    choice, whereas IELTS requires you to respond to a range of
    different question types such as short answer, gap-filling and
    short essay tasks. The IELTS is significantly shorter than the
    TOEFL exam, taking approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes
    versus four hours to complete.
    There is only one type of TOEFL exam that is done entirely on
    the computer, whereas there are two types of IELTS that are
    both completed on paper. Students applying for English-
    speaking tertiary programmes will need to sit the Academic
    IELTS exam, whereas the General Training exam is used to
    meet immigration and some occupational requirements.
    IELTS and TOEFL favour different modes of thought and
    problem solving. As TOEFL is primarily multiple choice,
    students will need to be able to think analytically to weigh up
    the differences between their options. IELTS requires more
    use of memory, and draws on broader comprehension skills
    as students are faced with different question styles.
    Exam Structures
    Speaking
    Whilst both exams have a speaking component, the IELTS
    speaking test is taken face-to-face with an examiner.
    In the TOEFL exam, you’ll answer six questions into a
    microphone which are recorded and later sent to a group of
    six reviewers. Your IELTS speaking score will only be
    determined by a single examiner.
    The IELTS test will take between 11-14 minutes and may not
    necessarily be on the same day as the other exam
    components, whilst the TOEFL will take about 20 minutes and
    is always on the same day as the rest of the exam.
     
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