Should I Take IELTS or TOEFL?

IELTS-TOEFLTOEFL is a language test that offers only academic English and is usually for the non-native English people . However, the IELTS test is for the immigration purposes to UK and Canada and offers academic as well as the general option. TOEFL is an Internet Based Test (iBT) and IELTS is a paper pencil test with the speaking test conducted by the examiner in person.

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Whether you should take the IELTS or the TOEFL will depend on the following factors:

a) The Institute (college/university/business school) that you are applying to.
b) The country and
c) The test in which you are likely to score more.

Let us see the difference below:

Length About 4 hours long 2 hours and 45 minutes long
Locations Available at over 500 locations in the US, over 4,500 worldwide Available at 59 locations in the US, about 900 worldwide
Scoring Score on a sliding scale from 0 to 120 Score in any of 9 “bands,” or levels



Most of the colleges in the United States and Canada may accept either of the two- The IELTS as well as the TOEFL. You may not need any of these tests for Singapore. Any of the two tests may serve your purpose throughout the Europe except UK for which you will need to take the IELTS UKVI. However, most of the institutes in Australia and New Zealand may prefer the IELTS. The best thing to do is to check the website of the university you are applying for.

In order to find out in which of the tests you are likely to score better, you should take a diagnostic test for each and seek expert advice by your trainers.

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  1. The choice of IELTS vs TOEFL depends entirely on your choice of foreign destination and university. The test which is higher scoring for you, should not deviate you from your desired university. If your portfolio of abroad universities consists of universities from both US and Europe, chances are you might have to give both.

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