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English Language Proficiency – Myths & Facts

English Language Proficiency: Separating Myth from Reality

English Language Proficiency – Myths & Facts, English Language ProficiencyIn the previous article, we discussed study abroad myths and facts; now it’s time to discuss the entrance exams we need to take to study abroad. Unfortunately, there are several myths surrounding entrance exams, including IELTS and TOEFL, so it becomes essential for us to cross-check with the existing websites and get our sources verified instead of creating confusion.
Let’s discuss some interesting common myths and facts about entrance exams:
IELTS: IELTS (International English Language Testing) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test. It now has both paper-based and computer-based test formats.

Myth: IELTS is hard, and it differs from country to country.

Fact: IELTS is not complicated but requires students to prepare for the exam, and it also depends upon their ability to listen, speak, read, and write. It also doesn’t differ from country to country, as there is only one universal test that students can take from any part of the world.

Myth: Students from the IB board are not required to take IELTS.

Fact: Students applying to universities abroad need to take the English language proficiency test even if they are from IB Board. You need to check the university requirements and then take IELTS as you are not a citizen of an English-speaking country.

Myth: Speaking in a British accent is essential to score well.

Fact: The IELTS exam is recognized globally. You can speak in any accent but speak slowly and clearly for the examiner. It also doesn’t matter as long as your pronunciation is clear and accurate.

Myth: Paper-based test is easier than a computer-based test.

Fact: Both have the same difficulty level. In computer-based IELTS, students can take on only the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections on a computer. At the same time, the speaking test will be face-to-face, but recently, IDP has started with a video call speaking test at some centers. The same will be done with a certified examiner.

Myth: IELTS can be taken from anywhere and anytime.

Fact: Computer-based IELTS has flexibility students can take the test seven days a week and three times a day, but you will have to take the test from a computer-based IELTS center. Also, book the date and time in advance. The results for the same are usually received in 3 to 5 days.
TOEFL – TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the world’s most acceptable proficiency test for students who plan to study abroad. The TOEFL iBT Home Edition is available in most locations except Iran. Nearly all locations have TOEFL iBT test centers for in-person testing. The TOEFL iBT Paper Edition is currently offered in Colombia, India, Mexico, and the United States.

Myth: TOEFL scores are accepted everywhere.

Fact: TOEFL scores are accepted by most universities but are majorly preferred by universities in the USA. So, if your study abroad destination is the USA, then the TOEFL test is a good option as it is widely accepted.

Myth: TOEFL can be taken only once.

Fact: There is no limit to the number of times TOEFL can be taken. You can’t take it more than once in 3 days. What’s best is that you can retake the test till you improve your scores.

Myth: It is an expensive test.

Fact: The TOEFL Exam fee is US $185, which, converted to INR, would be Rs. 14,366 approximately. The test fee depends on where and when you take the test, and to check, please go to verified websites for the same.

Myth: TOEFL scoring is the same as other English proficiency tests.

Fact: Unlike other tests, All sections in TOEFL are scored between 0 and 30, and the total score is between 0 and 120.
So finally, we have a few essential myths and facts cleared. Always remember to check the official websites to clarify your doubts. Customer care contact details are also mentioned on the websites for detailed queries.
Always remember to listen, read, and verify.
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