IELTS and TOEFL: Know the advantages
IELTS and TOEFL are the two most important tests for an aspirant planning to study abroad. Both these tests evaluate a candidate’s English language proficiency and are accepted not just by universities abroad but also by various organizations including immigration departments. Now, there is always a question of which one is better. Well, both IELTS and TOEFL have their advantages and both the tests are similar in terms of acceptance and broad evaluation. However, as a candidate you may decide to take either of the two tests based on the requirements of the organisation you are applying to. Also, many foreign universities accept both IELTS and TOEFL. Thus, it is advisable to attempt the one, which is most convenient for you. But, how do you find out about the advantages one has over the other?
Here, we have listed some points that will help you understand the unique advantages of IELTS and TOEFL and guide you to choose the right test for yourself.
1. Test style:
The most significant difference between IELTS and TOEFL is that the former arranges one-on-one interactions between a test-taker and an examiner to test the conversational capability of the test taker while the latter is a computerized test in which the test-taker's voice is taped and analysed by more than one examiner. You can thus take either of the two tests depending on your comfort level. If you are confident that a direct interaction with the examiner can earn you more points then you should opt for IELTS.
However, if you think that a computerized testing of your conversational ability will be best and free from any human interference, you can opt for TOEFL.
Although, the pattern and syllabus of both IELTS and TOEFL are similar, their scoring system differs. While TOEFL has a scoring range of 0-120, IELTS uses the 9-band system to evaluate a candidate. While, the yardstick of measurement is same in both the tests, the output differs in terms of acceptance by universities. In that case, it helps to understand the comparative points between the two tests.
Click here to know the comparative scoring patterns of IELTS and TOEFL
3. Place of study:
One of the most important factors which you should consider while taking an IELTS or TOEFL test is the university where you would be applying to. TOEFL, organized by the ETS, is accepted in most American universities and across 165 countries, while IELTS conducted by the British Council is accepted in over 135 countries, including the UK. So, if you plan to study in one of the ivy league colleges in the USA, make sure you sit for TOEFL. However, many institutes and organizations accept scores of both the tests. The difference in acceptance will be the comparative degrees of score and band.
|Test Feature||Advantage IELTS||Advantage TOEFL|
|Conducting body||British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge ESOL||ETS|
|English||IELTS uses British English||TOEFL uses American English|
|Format||IELTS has two versions, namely, Academic and general depending on the purpose of the test-taker||TOEFL is conducted in only one version.|
|Duration||2 hours 45 minutes long||More than 4 hours|
|Speaking test||It involves one-on-one interactions between a test-taker and an examiner||TOEFL has a computerized speaking test|
|Scoring||Uses a 9-band scoring system where 0 is for candidates who did attempt the test and 9 is for expert users.||Total score of 120 with a maximum of 30 points for each section.|
A very significant point of difference between IELTS and TOEFL is that IELTS has been divided in terms of the purpose of the test taker. IELTS Test is conducted in two versions - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. While those who want to pursue UG or PG degree or join a professional organisation can take the academic test, the general training test is taken by those who want to undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country. These customized versions make it easier for candidates as it is generally observed that the general test version is easier compared to the academic format. In the case of TOEFL, candidates are required to take the same test irrespective of their purpose.
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Questions related to IELTS
any chances is there to conducte IELTS exam in this year ?2020
I have done my BDS from Bangalore. Will SAT, IELTs, and TOEFL be of any use for doing my MDS in foreign??
Yes , your mentioned exams SAT, TOFEL, IELTS will be helpful for getting into foreign universities for MDS , almost all Universities in maximum countries require one English language proficiency test which may be either TOFEL or IELTS , now it's your choice which one you will go for and now if it is about SAT so in such it is not mandatory but majority of University accept your admission through SAT exam also, while apart from this some other exams are also accepted for admission in foreign universities .
Best of luck.
is ielts exam happening right now..please tell me
british council of india conducts ielts exam and exam center has 55 location in india, however due to covid 19 out break many of the exams get rescheduled and cancelled.
For any query pertaining to IELTS or related to postponement of your IELTS Exam, please send your query to ExamsCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org (mailto:ExamsCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org)
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what is the process of giving IELTS Exams
IELTS(International English Language Testing System) is a widely used English language test is given to evaluate an individual's English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The validity of IELTS scores is 2 years. The test is open to any candidate who want to pursue higher studies abroad or is seeking an employment opportunity in any one of the English speaking countries that require language proficiency. The steps for registering is as follows:
- Check the available IELTS 2020 exam dates
- Choose a test location from one of 500 IELTS test centres around the world
- Register for the test and pay the fee after entering details.
IELTS application form 2020 process is:
Go to the IELTS official websites.
Select the name of the country/territory and click on 'Continue'
Choose month, date, and module/format (Academic/General Training) as per your preference
After checking availability of the test date, click on the tab 'Apply'
Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
Fill in the personal and academic credentials to register for IELTS 2020
Choose payments mode: debit card, credit card or demand draft and pay the registration fee
Finally, select up to five universities of your choice to send the IELTS test scores.
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