IELTS vs TOEFL


In life, one comes across several pertinent decisions to make and one such unnerving decision is to choose between IELTS and TOEFL. Are you facing this dilemma as well and unable to make any progress? Don’t fear, you are not alone. While both the tests aim at evaluating the English proficiency of the test taker, picking between the two can indeed be disconcerting. Therefore, for a prospective candidate, being aware of the key differences between the two examinations can prove to be lucrative when making the choice.


Both IELTS and TOEFL have four elemental segments that assess the fundamental skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. They measure an individual’s ability to effectively communicate in the language. The major difference lies in the structure and format of the test. While TOEFL mostly has multiple choice questions, IELTS involves a wide range of questions including but not limited to MCQs. There is also a difference between the native English preferred in the test. While TOEFL has an American inclination, IELTS leans towards British English. If a student fancies a one-on-one test, IELTS is the way to go while TOEFL is often computer-administered and doesn’t involve any interpersonal interactions.


While IELTS is scored on bands, scoring in TOEFL involves being marked on a range of 0-120 with each section carrying an equal weightage of 30 points. IELTS is a shorter test of an average length of 2 hours and 45 minutes whereas TOEFL can last as long as 4 hours. The results for TOEFL are often declared in fewer days although it takes longer to calculate scores for IELTS.


Flexibility is another key factor differentiating between the two tests. IELTS accepts different variations of English, on the contrary, TOEFL requires the candidates to write the entire test in one kind. Additionally, IELTS understands that individuals might have different approaches to answering a question and therefore has open-ended questions while TOEFL can be limiting and only offers options to choose from. This makes IELTS more versatile than TOEFL although they are both accepted worldwide.


While making the final pick, being aware of the institution’s requirement is the best guide to which test to opt for. Keeping in mind the requirements of the university, one can then choose based on one’s preference of the format. Both the tests require the same level of commitment for a student to excel. Hello Study Global strives to be your guide through your entire journey to help you study at your dream university. Don’t forget that the magic is in you. And with this magic, you can conquer anything.


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