What You Need to Know About IELTS & TOEFL

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In a country where English Language is not widely spoken by the greater percentage of its citizens, IELTS and TOEFL are the tools to determine an individual’s language proficiency in other to be granted admission, visa, migration, or job offer in a foreign country. Before you can be considered for an international scholarship, your IELTS and TOEFL results would be required.

In this post, we’ve elucidated all the vital information you need to know about the two terms in case you’ve been eager to know about them.

What is IELTS and TOEFL?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language

Both terms are international standardized test systems to thoroughly measure the English proficiency or eloquence of non-English language speakers or countries. The tests are widely accepted by English-speaking institutions or professional bodies. The testing process involves the following skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

This means that the above-listed skills are tested and grades are issued for each. It is on record that IELTS bags over 3 million test-takers as of 2017, while TOEFL has a minimum of 2.3 million test-takers by 2019. Also, the former has more than 1,200 training colleges in over 140 countries, while the latter maintains more than 4,500 colleges/test centers in over 165 countries. From the research, we can see that both test systems have gone far, and are recognized in almost every country. However, both tests can be taken online or offline. Unlike the TOEFL test, IELTS has more than 30 textbooks for trainees or students, and there a wide range of other English Testing Systems but not as popular as TOEFL and IELTS. Some are GMAT, TOEIC, SAT, CI Advanced, B2 First, etc.

Know the Basics of IELTS and TOEFL.

Below is a chart of the common basic of IELTS and TOEFL:

  CRITERIA TOEFLIELTS
Scoring System 120 marks given, with 30 marks available for each section of the exam.Every section is marked with a range of 0-9 initials, i.e from the section scores, 0-9 band is awarded.
Exam DurationIt is taken for about 4 hours.It is taken for about 2hours, 25 mins.

Although the two test systems are assessing the same thing, but their exam marking differs. You can check their requirements via the official websites: IELTS (https://www.ielts.org/), TOEFL (https://www.ets.org/toefl).

Note that in the learning aspect of the test, the IELTS varies in different English variables ranging from the USA, Wales, Ireland, and Australia, but the TOEFL always maintains the standard American English.

You can choose any of the two based on your understanding of it, ’cause both are widely recognized

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