When you are planning to go abroad for higher studies that too in an English speaking countries then you’ve heard about IELTS & TOEFL. These both are the tests to determine how familiar you are in English language. IELTS , stands for International English Language Testing Service. TOEFL, stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Your test results define whether you succeed to go to school in an English speaking country.
Do I need to take both tests? What are the variances between these two tests? Let’s take a deep look into how these two tests differ and how you can define which one fits your requirements.
What Accurately do they test?
Your proficiency of the English language is the main emphasis of both of these tests. If you’re preparation on going to school in an English speaking countries and English is your second language, it is very important that you have enough knowledge in English. Colleges need to identify that they would be accepting students who will succeed in the educational background.
IELTS is mainly the British version of this test. Because of this, some of the questions in this test may include British English, which differs slightly from American English. IELTS is separated into four different sections – reading, listening, speaking and writing.
The reading section is 60 minutes long and requires you to answer 40 different questions about various texts that may come from magazines, academic journals, newspapers or novels.
The listening portion is shorter than the TOEFL listening section at 30 minutes long, yet still requires you to listen to lectures or conversations and answer questions about what you just heard. You may have to be able to understand British, Australian or Canadian accents in addition to American.
The speaking portion differs greatly from the TOEFL speaking section since you will complete it in front of a real person, and will last approximately 11-14 minutes. This portion is a lot more conversational, and may be more intimidating than speaking into a microphone.
This section of the IELTS accepts British spellings of English words, which can be beneficial to those who are more comfortable with British English. This section is 60 minutes long and requires you to write on two different topics at a length of 150-250 words.
TOEFL test is divided into four different sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing. The TOEFL is primarily the American version of this test.
Lasting 60-80 minutes and consisting of 36-56 questions, the reading portion of the TOEFL exam requires you to read 3-4 passages from a specific text and then answer questions about the text. These texts are usually not very complicated and don’t require knowledge of very difficult vocabulary words.
Lasting 60-90 minutes and consisting of 34-51 questions, the listening portion of the exam requires you to listen to anything from classroom lectures to casual conversations. Once listening to the audio, you must answer questions about what you just heard. The conversations are spoken in a standard American accent.
The speaking portion of the test lasts 20 minutes and you must speak about six different topics. These topics may include information from previous sections, or may require you to speak about an opinion you have on a familiar topic. During this section, you’ll speak into a microphone which will record your responses.
This is the last 50 minutes of the test that always seems the most frightening. That blank page in front of you can look intimidating, but there’s no reason to worry! You’re not expected to write an award winning novel, you’ll simply need to write two responses based on either an opinion question or information you learned in the previous sections.
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