IELTS and TOEFL: Similarities
IELTS and TOEFL are common terms for The International English Language Testing System and Test of English as a Foreign Language. Both TOEFL and IELTS are English language proficiency tests that are required for foreign education. The TOEFL test is more preferred by universities in the US. While IELTS is equally popular all over the world. It is also used for immigration purposes.
Both language proficiency tests are very similar at some points. These are:
The IELTS and TOEFL test a candidate’s ability in four basic skills reading, writing, speaking, and listening. A score is given for each skill. The final score is calculated with the help of individual skill scores.
The time allotted for the listening section of IELTS is shorter than for the TOEFL. Although the tasks on both tests are similar. In both the tests, you have to answer the questions after listening to the audio. You need to be very careful while listening test as the audio is played once.
In the reading section of both tests, the number of passages is almost the same. The time given for both tests varies but the test is almost similar. Both the tests have a variety of questions. The mode of answering questions differs in both. In IELTS answers might given in pen-paper mode while the TOEFL test is an Internet-based test.
The writing section for both consists of two segments. The writing section is quite different in these two tests. IELTS writing test is of two types: Academic IELTS and General IELTS, Whereas the TOEFL is consist of one type of exam for both purposes.
Speaking test in both of the exams is quite different as in IELTS it is done with human interaction whereas in TOEFL it is completely Internet-based.
Cost and Validity
There is not much difference in the costs. Both cost around 180-300 USD or 14000-16000 INR. Both tests are valid for 2 years from the date of the exam.
Although both the tests are similar to each other. There are a lot of differences too. As the scores are convertible also, multiple universities accept the converted scores, While certain universities demand particular exams. Therefore, you should review the requirements before enrolling up for a particular test.