When applying to a university in an English speaking country, you will have to submit an IELTS or TOEFL test score. We examine the difference between the two.
if you are planning to study abroad in an English speaking country, you will most likely have to submit either an IELTS or TOEFL score. Although these are both standardised tests aimed at assessing your English language proficiency, the two tests differ in format, scoring and more. Here we explore the differences between the two.
For the UK, only the IELTS UKVI, which is also used to support your UK Visa and Immigration application, is accepted. But for Canada and the US, either the TOEFL or IELTS will do. Student looking to take the test can find local centres where the test is offered. To find a test location for the IELTS, you can go to the IELTS website. The TOEFL is offered more than 50 times a year and you can search for the test locations here. The price for both tests is similar, and ranges between USD 150-250, depending on where you are taking the test.
Both tests consist of 4 sections that test the most important aspects of language: speaking, listening, writing and reading. The TOEFL however is entirely multiple choice, while the IELTS has a mix of short answers, and essay questions.
The TOEFL is available as a paper-based test, but the internet-based test is more popular. The IELTS is only available as a paper-based test. The internet-based TOEFL can take up to 4 hours to complete, while the IELTS is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. However, the IELTS may take more than one day because the speaking test with the instructor is separate from the other sections.