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Brief About IELTS And TOEFL Exam: Which One To Choose?


For all undergraduate courses in the US and some in Canada, you need to prepare for the SAT. For MBA courses GMAT scores are a requirement; similarly, for MS courses GRE scores are relevant. Along with all these exams, you have to choose one amongst IELTS and TOEFL Exam.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam)

Students who want to move to foreign countries to study or may be to work can apply for TOEFL Exam.

TOEFL Exam Pattern:-

  • Reading (60-80 minutes)
  • Writing (50 minutes)
  • Speaking (20 minutes)
  • Listening (60-90 minutes)
src: Ambrish Tiwari’s IELTS Academy

How TOEFL score is calculated?

The four section scores of the TOEFL are divided as follow:

SectionScore RangeMean Scores*
Reading0–3020
Listening0–3019
Speaking0–3019
Writing0–3020
Total Score0–12080

*Source – ETS

NOTE: Minimum requirements for TOEFL scores can vary from institutes to institutes.

2 Types of TOEFL Tests:-

  • TOEFL iBT Test is delivered via the internet and it monitors reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of the candidates and is offered 50 times a year.
  • TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test, which replaced the TOEFL PBT test analyses the reading, writing, and listening skills of the candidates. Speaking skills are not taken into consideration.

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Now, the question arises.. which one is better amongst IELTS and TOEFL Exam?

The answer is very simple, if you want to study/work in countries like Autralia, UK, New Zealand, etc. opt for IELTS.

And if you want to study/work in countries like US & Canada, go for TOEFL.

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