IELTS AND TOEFL: Which English test should I take?
Planning to move abroad for studies or migration? One important step in your journey towards that goal is clearing your English proficiency test. There are a number of factors you need to consider. Let’s look into them in detail.
IELTS is an English language assessment for study, immigration, or employment. Every year, more than three million people take this exam. IELTS is recognised by more than 11,000 organisations worldwide, including colleges, schools, and immigration agencies.
IELTS General Training is appropriate for immigration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The test covers common English language abilities that you'll need in social and professional settings. IELTS General Training is offered online (in most countries), or at test centres on computer or paper.
For people wishing to attend a university or college where English is the primary language, the IELTS Academic test is appropriate (higher education). The exam gauges your readiness to start studying in English. You have the option of taking the IELTS Academic exam on paper or computer (at test centres) or online.
The oldest test format introduced in 1964, TOEFL also provides scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking. However, that is where its similarity to IELTS ends (other than the fact that IELTS started in 1980). Each section of the TOEFL test is marked from 0 to 30, which means a test taker can potentially score 120 marks overall. Unlike IELTS, your TOEFL score is not rounded off to the nearest 0.5. Raw scores are what one gets for the number of questions answered in each section.