Understanding IELTS and TOEFL: Which Exam Fits Your Needs?
Many students are always curious to know the entrance exams required for studying abroad. In this episode, Kunjal Sakhrani focuses on the main entrance exams required for studies abroad i.e. SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.
SAT, GRE, and GMAT are essential for applications to various universities abroad. She explains the difference between IELTS and TOEFL tests. For some Universities, they are compulsory and for some it’s optional. SAT is required for bachelor’s courses whereas GRE and GMAT are required for the master’s course.
IELTS vs. TOEFL: The difference
They are mandatory tests for universities in the USA. SAT, GRE, and GMAT have two components in the test -they assess the student’s skills for Verbal and Quantitative. These exams are conducted all over the world at various test centers and the scores are valid for five years.
Both are English proficiency tests, that asses the student’s proficiency in Reading, Writing, speaking, and listening. It is a compulsory exam for international students irrespective of the level of education they are planning to study. The tests are conducted at various centers in most countries on pre pre-set timetable.
You will be talking to a real person in the IELTS test. Get comfortable in the TOEFL test as you will speak to a computer. For TOEFL, candidates need to type everything on a keyboard. The IELTS test will be written on paper.
Frequently Asked Questions For IELTS Vs. TOEFL: Which Should You Take?
Q: What is IELTS?
A: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally recognized English language proficiency test primarily used for academic and immigration purposes.
Q: What is TOEFL?
A: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English language test widely accepted by academic institutions and professional organizations, especially in the United States.
Q: Is IELTS or TOEFL more widely accepted globally?
A: Both IELTS and TOEFL are widely accepted internationally. The choice often depends on the specific requirements of the institution or organization you’re applying to.
Q: Should I take IELTS or TOEFL if I’m applying for academic studies abroad?
A: Both tests are suitable for academic purposes. Research the universities you’re interested in to determine their preferred test.
Q: If I’m applying for immigration, should I choose IELTS or TOEFL?
A: IELTS is commonly accepted for immigration purposes, especially in countries like Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Check the immigration requirements of your desired country.
Q: What are the main differences in the test formats of IELTS and TOEFL?
A: IELTS has two versions: Academic and General Training, with distinct reading and writing tasks. TOEFL focuses on academic English skills and is primarily an internet-based test (iBT).
Q: Is IELTS or TOEFL conducted on a computer?
A: TOEFL is primarily conducted on a computer, while IELTS offers both paper-based and computer-based options, depending on the test center.
Q: How are the scoring systems of IELTS and TOEFL different?
A: IELTS is scored on a band scale of 0 to 9, with scores for each section averaged for an overall band score. TOEFL is scored out of 120, with scores for reading, listening, speaking, and writing combined.
Q: Is IELTS or TOEFL more challenging for non-native English speakers?
A: The difficulty level can vary based on individual strengths and weaknesses. Some find TOEFL more challenging due to its academic focus, while others find IELTS challenging due to its diverse question types.
Q: How long are the IELTS and TOEFL test scores valid?
A: IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. TOEFL scores are typically valid for two years as well.
Q: How can I determine whether to take IELTS or TOEFL?
A: Consider the specific requirements of the institution or organization you’re applying to, your strengths in different English language skills, and your familiarity with computer-based testing to make an informed decision.