Non-native English speakers are sure to be familiar with the different English proficiency exams. These English proficiency exams are usually a requirement to non-native English speakers when applying for work or study visas in English speaking countries. These are proven tests to accurately evaluate one’s English skills.
A lot of people know these tests, yet some are wondering with the difference of the two. Let us break down the differences between the TOEFL and the IELTS tests.
|The test evaluates the person’s ability to communicate and understand English in an academic setting and context. This means that most questions are from different fields of knowledge.||The test uses English in its everyday social context. There are some academic readings in the reading, yet it is not as complicated compared with the TOEFL.|
|The type of English used is mostly American English.||Different types of English are used in IELTS. Most of the time, Australian and British English are used.|
|The test is an internet-based test. Candidates have to use a computer with an internet access to do the examination.||The test is a paper-based examination. Candidates have to be very careful in making their writing legible for the raters to check.|
|The perfect score in the TOEFL is 120 with a perfect score for each subtest: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.||The perfect overall band score is 9.0 with a perfect score of 9.0 in each subtest: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.|
|Questions are mostly multiple-choice type.||Candidates are faced with different types of questions: short answers, gap fills, and multiple-choice type to name a few.|