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IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference?

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Re: IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference? [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2017, 20:09
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In Canada would be advisable the IELTS. Here you can see a table in which suddenly spotted the difference between the two tests

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Re: IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2017, 19:19

Forr many years, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) was the exam most U.S. colleges and universities relied on to measure and test English language skills exhibited by applicants from non-English speaking countries. Worldwide, that was not the case. Another test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), was the exam required by most other English-speaking countries, including Britain and Australia, to test English language skills. The IELTS is often considered to be the only test that can compete with the TOEFL test in the United States.


With its live, one-on-one component, the IELTS has been viewed by many as a superior exam for evaluating the spoken English skills of potential students. Until recently, the TOEFL had no such component and many of the countries requiring the IELTS felt that a speech component to an English proficiency exam was crucial.

Whether or not the IELTS is a better exam really seems to be a matter of opinion. However, its acceptance as an assessment tool has grown in the United States in recent years. In addition to the TOEFL, more than 3,000 U.S. institutions and programs now accept the IELTS as well. You can see a list of these institutions and programs, the IELTS Recognition List, at For the most part, the choice of which test to take is up to you.


So, which test is better? It depends on who you ask! Some schools remain firmly devoted to the IELTS and its interactive, personalized-speech format. On the other hand, the TOEFL gained some ground globally when it introduced its Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) format with its new recorded-speech portion. With both tests now offering the ability to test spoken language, and the TOEFL spreading its Internet-based testing ability across the globe, the TOEFL has seen upward spikes in number of users in various parts of the world.


Internet-based testing is just getting started for the IELTS. The current IELTS format is expected to stay around for at least a few more years and, worldwide, many test-prep and coaching companies prepare students for the IELTS. On the other hand, test-prep companies are still a bit stumped by the TOEFL iBT, and preparation lessons and techniques for the iBT are still being developed. Certainly, both tests offer sample materials to potential test-takers, but if you have the choice of preparing for one test or the other with a professional test coach, you may prefer the IELTS, as long as the schools you’re applying to will accept it.


As far as speech evaluation goes, there is no definitive rule on which test is better. Some say the individualized IELTS format is great, while others think there’s a potential for bias and an even greater chance of inconsistency in scoring due to individual nuances of the examiners. Critics of the IELTS believe that the panel review of recorded speech for the TOEFL test is a more accurate, less biased mechanism for evaluation.


Ultimately, the test you take will probably be guided by which test is required by the school(s) to which you are applying. If both are acceptable, the availability of testing locations and cost will probably play a significant role in your decision. Both tests have Web sites that can answer many of your questions and that maintain up-to-date news on the progression of their Internet-based test expansions. For most testing dates and locations, you can register online for most testing dates and locations. The Web is also a good access point for sample test materials and testing tips. It is a great place to begin planning your IELTS or TOEFL preparation so that in the end, you earn the best IELTS or TOEFL score you can.

Also, even as you’re planning for the IELTS or TOEFL tests, make sure that you prepare for all the parts of the application that will matter, including the admissions essay. For that, there’s no better source for help than the essay editing service of EssayEdge, which is staffed by expert Ivy League graduates who can provide you with tips and assistance to perfect your essay.

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Re: IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2018, 03:55
im applying for canada/usa and some unis say they PREFER (but still accept IELTS) TOEFL..
i prefer doing IELTS cause i did once a few years ago.. does anyone knows if this preference will hurt my application?
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Re: IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference? [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2018, 16:26
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im applying for canada/usa and some unis say they PREFER (but still accept IELTS) TOEFL..
i prefer doing IELTS cause i did once a few years ago.. does anyone knows if this preference will hurt my application?

If the college specified that it only accepts IELTS (it's very unlikely) then TOEFL scores are not useable. If the accept TOEFL scores then it would not hurt your application at all.

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Re: IELTS and TOEFL? whats the difference? [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2018, 06:40
Both of the exams are designed to measure the proficiency of a person in four skills - Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening. Unlike the TOEFL, IELTS measures all of the four skills independently.

The IELTS is an English language test that is used for educational, immigration and occupational purposes, and is accepted by over thousands of institutions across many countries worldwide. Jointly administered by the British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP Education Australia, IELTS uses British English, and is believed to be favored by United Kingdom and institutions in Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand and Australia. Depending on the entry requirements of your study program, you might need to take either the Academic or General Training IELTS exam.

On the other hand - The TOEFL test seeks to test your ability to communicate in English in specifically academic, university and classroom-based settings. It is also accepted by over thousands of institutions across many countries, including the UK, USA and Australia, as well as all of the world’s top 100 universities. TOEFL is administered by US-based organization the Education Testing Service, and so is conducted in American English. This test is more likely to be favored by American institutions.

Basic Difference - Aside from the different styles of English each exam is are based on, TOEFL exam questions are almost entirely multiple choice, whereas IELTS requires you to respond to a range of different question types such as short answer, gap-filling and short essay tasks. The IELTS is significantly shorter than the TOEFL exam, taking approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes versus four hours to complete. IELTS and TOEFL favour different modes of thought and problem solving. As TOEFL is primarily multiple choice, students will need to be able to think analytically to weigh up the differences between their options. IELTS requires more use of memory, and draws on broader comprehension skills as students are faced with different question styles.
Structural Difference - There are some structure differences-

Speaking - Whilst both exams have a speaking component, the is taken face-to-face with an examiner. In the TOEFL exam, you’ll answer six questions into a microphone which are recorded and later sent to a group of six reviewers. Your IELTS speaking score will only be determined by a single examiner. The duration of the IELTS test is 11-14 minutes and may not necessarily be on the same day as the other exam components, whilst the TOEFL will take about 20 minutes and is always on the same day as the rest of the exam. Where the IELTS exam features a range of different accents speaking in English, TOEFL only features American speaker.
Writing- The written component of the TOEFL exam is typed as opposed to the paper-based IELTS exam. TOEFL requires you to complete two tasks, the first of which will be a five-paragraph essay between 300-350 words. For the second task, you will need to take notes from a section of text and lecture excerpt on the same topic, and use them to construct a 150-225 word response. On contrary, the ielts test also has two sections, the first of which however requires you to summaries or explain information presented in a graph, chart, table or diagram. In the second, you’ll need to write a 200-250 word response to a prompt that offers a point of view, argument or asks you to write in a particular language style.
Listening - Tests vary quite significantly in their listening components. The TOEFL listening test is of 40-60 minutes long, and involves you listening to excerpts from university lectures or conversations on a university campus. You will be required to take notes whilst listening and answer a series of multiple choice questions afterwards. While, in the IELTS Listening students can answer questions whilst they are listening to the recordings, and will need to respond to a number of different question types and exercises of different lengths.
Reading - The reading tests for both exams are quite similar: the TOEFL reading test is made up of three-five reading sections you will have 20 minutes to complete, each drawn from academic content you’d be likely to encounter in a classroom. You will have to answer a series of multiple choice questions testing how well you’ve understood the texts. On the other hand The IELTS test has three sections also each 20 minutes long and with texts academic in nature, but with a wider range of question types that could be anything from ‘fill in the gaps’ to short answer. Questions are also designed to test how well you’ve understood the text in its particular use of language, ideas and style

Scoring and scale - The speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL are graded based on how they appear as a whole, including your range of vocabulary, writing style and grammar. Those of the IELTS are considered based on separate grades of individual criteria such as your use of logic, cohesion, grammar and fluency. For example, an essay with a logical progression of ideas but poor grammar will score higher in a TOEFL exam, whereas an essay with strong grammar and vocabulary that is weaker in expressing an idea will do better by the IELTS criteria.

The IELTS is graded on a band system from 1-9, on the other TOEFL is measured on the scale of 80–120.
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