Are you planning to study abroad? TOEFL or IELTS scores are mandatory if you want to study abroad. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) are two of the most widely-accepted tests to certify your English proficiency. The decision to take the TOEFL or IELTS will ultimately depend on a number of factors. Continue reading to discover which test is best for you!
- Test is about 4 hours long
- Available at over 500 locations in the US, over 4,500 worldwide
- Cost is usually between 160 – 200 USD
- Score on a sliding scale from 0 to 120
- Test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long
- Available at 59 locations in the US, about 900 worldwide
- Cost varies widely even within the same country, usually around 200USD
- Score is any of 9 “bands,” or levels
TOEFL vs IELTS: Which is harder?
This is probably the question that most people are concerned with although it is quite difficult to compare the TOEFL and the IELTS next to each other. However, you can answer following “yes” or “no” questions and see which might be a better option for you!
- I am comfortable with computers. YES/NO
- I am comfortable speaking into a microphone. YES/NO
- I can type quickly. YES/NO
- I prefer standard American English. YES/NO
- I am good at answering multiple-choice questions. YES/NO
- It is easy for me to take notes from a recording. YES/NO
If you answered YES to most of these questions, the TOEFL is probably a better fit for your skill test.
- I am comfortable having a detailed interview in person. YES/NO
- I have legible English handwriting. YES/NO
- I can understand a variety of dialects of English. YES/NO
- I prefer tests with many question types. YES/NO
- I feel most comfortable discussing non-academic topics in English. YES/NO
- The authentic English sources that i read/listen to/watch are usually made to entertain. YES/NO
If you answered YES to most of these questions, the IELTS might be a better choice.
Hope this post was helpful!