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IELTS vs TOEFL

IELTS vs TOEFL

IELTS vs TOEFL? Are you planning to pursue a career abroad, muddled up, looking for a way out? Then here we are to help you out, just relax and focus.

Horizon is IELTS vs TOEFL

Now, with these two names arise many questions in mind. No clear picture as to what, where, and how to go for it. Though nowadays there are many websites that might help you with these, as you know ‘time is money more than money.’ So, just to solve you up and summarize all the information available we have tried to suffice the details on one single platform to save your time and energy.

WHAT IS IELTS?

IELTS stands for the international English language testing system. The test is available in formats of two: ’IELTS Academic.’, for those planning to study at a higher education level abroad; and ‘IELTS general training, ‘which focuses on social skills and workplace contexts.

The IELTS test uses British English and consists of four parts: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. It takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete, including transfer time from one section to the next. It’s accepted in thousands of Colleges in over 140 countries, each institution however has its own requirements for IELTS scores. Once students take the test, they can then select up to five organizations where copies of their IELTS results will be sent free of charge.

WHAT IS TOEFL?

TOEFL is an acronym for the test of English as a foreign language. It is an English proficiency test, developed by an American company, ETS, to measure an individual’s reading, writing, speaking, and listening proficiency in American English.TOEFL scores are a requirement for over 900 universities and other institutions in more than 130 countries.

There are two methods of taking this test; it can be taken as a paper-based test(TOEFL, PBT) or an internet-based test (TOEFL IBT) TOEFL IBT, however, it is more popular. You can register and take the TOEFL IBT at designated centers in almost all countries and it takes four hours to complete. This test is accepted in Australia and the UK, and it is likely that  American institutions will favor this exam over the IELTS test.

HOW AND WHERE DO YOU REGISTER?

For IELTS

Apply online, over the phone, or in the mail. There is a 1200  Ielts testing location in up to 140 countries. Tests are offered up to four times per month, up to 48 times a year. IELTS typically costs around $225, though the price may vary.

FOR TOEFL

Book online or via the Toefl official app, and take exams from wherever in the world. There are 4500 TOEFL testing locations in 165 countries. Find a test easily with an online test center search powered by google maps. The price of the TOEFL IBT test varies by country from 180-300$. This test is offered more than 50 times a year.

FORMAT OF THE TEST

LSWR-Listening, speaking, writing, and reading.

IELTS Test Format

IELTS listening

  • 4 parts/40 Qstack: dialogues and speeches/lectures-40 min.
  • Cues on the page,10 min to transfer answers to answer sheets.
  • Spelling punctuation counts
  • Real-world and academic

TOEFL Listening

  • 34-51 questions;dialogues,lectures—60-90 min
  • Blank screen-note taking required.
  • No writing involved
  • Academic formal and informal.

IELTS Speaking

  • 12-14 min
  • 3 parts:22 Q and A,1 monologue-not integrated.
  • Interview with a real person.
  • TOEFL Speaking
  • 20 min(6 questions)with timings(prep and speak)
  • 6 parts; personal,dialogues,lectures—4 questions are integrated.
  • Speak into the microphone.

IELTS reading

  • Three passages-60 min
  • High level of vocabulary.
  • Variety of question types and topics
  • Flip back and forth
  • Can mark up an answer sheet

TOEFL reading

  • 3-4 passages,60-80 min
  • High level of vocabulary.
  • Variety of question types and topics, very academic
  • On-screen scroll with the mouse
  • Scrap paper available.p3

IELTS WRITING

This test is often considered to be much tougher than TOEFL.it is only the writing test of the two which judges a candidate solely on their writing skills. The first task requires a candidate to describe or summarize the information in a graph, chart, or diagram, while the second task requires providing their arguments in an essay format for a given topic.

TOEFL WRITING

In this, the first task requires the candidate to write a summary based on a passage to be read, as well as a recording by a speaker.

TOEFL Test Structure

HOW DOES SCORING WORK?

IELTS Scores

If you are taking the paper-based test, you must ensure that your handwritten answers are legible and easily understood. On both computer and paper tests, the speaking section is scored by a single examiner, so ensure he understands your accent.

TOEFL SCORES

All scoring is done through a centralized online scoring network to ensure accuracy and fairness. The Toefl test optimizes scoring by combining artificial intelligence(AI)and human raters. The crucial speaking section uses multiple raters who are not aware of the student’s identity, removing the bias that may occur in a face to face interview.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Hire a teacher or a tutor
  • Find other English learners and native speakers
  • Find support within online communities
  • Read for 30 min every day
  • Ask yourself questions
  • Improve your vocabulary
  • Take practice tests and identify your weak areas

WHERE CAN THEY TAKE YOU?

Because of the TOEFL and IELTS  tests reputation and high standards the test scores help students stand out and prove themselves that they have extra special something that takes to be great.

As for IELTS, as it is recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies d overtures of an individuals increases. There has been a battle for ages between the two as both have their set high standards.

Between all this, a new entrant PTE(Pearson Test of English) has emerged too, launched in 2009.,making it a three-way race. But, anyway, though it’s not going to be an easy closure the efforts engrossment determination has to be there, and ultimately you will achieve what you have aimed for.

Pros and Cons of IELTS

THE PROS

  • IELTS is preferred by those who have been learning Queen’s English, or English as used in UK, Australia, and New Zealand Indian students prefer this as its more beneficiary.
  • This test has a separate exam for general candidates and hence is preferred by those who need it for immigration or work purpose
  • Many people prefer the formal interview setting of the speaking test in IELTS since it prepares them for better real-world situations.

THE CONS

  • Many students find the prospect of face to face speaking tests daunting and prefer speaking on the microphone.
  • The writing test is considered fairly tough to score as compared to the other tests and can be a stumbling block for students who struggle with the essay structure.

Pros and Cons of TOEFL

THE PROS

  • The questions are fairly straightforward in this and it has been found to be easier to get high scores in.
  •  TOEFL is more readily accepted in the US and Canada.
  •  TOEFL is very accessible with 4500 test centers around the world.

THE CONS

  • TOEFL does not have a separate test for general, and hence, is tougher for those taking it for immigration purposes.
  •  It is the longest exam.
  • Since it is exclusively computer-based, it can be hard for those lacking computer skills.
  • Test-takers might need to be fast to register since test dates fill up fast, and there are late registration fees for registering on a short deadline.

VARIOS SITES KNOCKING

FOR TOEFL

  •  Good luck TOEFL
    • It starts with the TOEFL OVERVIEW section that explains the basics of TOEFL. Then comes the TOEFL IBT section and last the TOEFL SKILLS section.
  •  Learn 4 Good
    • This site gives free interactive examples of real TOEFL, style test questions.
  •  NOTE FULL
    • This offers free TOEFL training material along with programs to master English fluency. Also offers one on one tutoring, along with feedback and evaluation.
  •  EXAM ENGLISH

FOR IELTS

  •  IELTS materials and resources
  •  IELTS NINJA
    • This offers a variety of courses for every target band, schedule, and budget.
  •  IELTS Liz
    • This offers IELTS videos, tips, and lessons for free.
  •  IELTS BUDDY
    • This website is meant as a supplement To classroom studies with extra lessons and activities to improve the scores.

REVIEW AND CONCLUSION

After going through many reviews and various sessions of the whole tests what we have felt is as follows-

Both the tests have their own sets of difficulties in their own ways but, rather, more important is that how eager are you in putting those extra efforts which it lays down ahead. The first direction we would suggest to you is that you make up your mind as in what you prefer, considering,’ nothing is impossible’, no technology or human can hinder your way to success. You need not worry if you are not good at any one of the skills you can always work on it.

IF you are aplomb about your English and have sifted all the levels of the test, and have conceived a clear notion of your need or desperation then without any delay you go for it. Just  as there are four sets of exams we would suggest the four steps to achieve those-” Plan Purposefully, Prepare prayerfully, Proceed Positively, Pursue persistently.”

Thank you all.
Megha Chawla.



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