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Old April 15th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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IELTS OR TOEFL: What is the difference?


IELTS or TOEFL? Is any doubt you have what you should to take. The majority of world’s English-speaking universities now identify mutually IELTS and TOEFL scores as proof of English capability. both the tests are very equivalent, they equally consist of four part listening, reading, writing and speaking and together test applicant on their expertise to use English in academic situation. like a student, how are you proposed to see which test to take? The answer ultimately depends on what you have calculated and how you perform best.
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IELTS or TOEFL? Is any doubt you have what you should to take. The majority of world’s English-speaking universities now identify mutually IELTS and TOEFL scores as proof of English capability. both the tests are very equivalent, they equally consist of four part listening, reading, writing and speaking and together test applicant on their expertise to use English in academic situation. like a student, how are you proposed to see which test to take? The answer ultimately depends on what you have calculated and how you perform best.
TOEFL is an American, IELTS a British test. TOEFL is more widely known and accepted, but IELTS seems to be more reputable. However, both of them cost a sh*tload of money.
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IELTS or TOEFL? Is any doubt you have what you should to take. The majority of world’s English-speaking universities now identify mutually IELTS and TOEFL scores as proof of English capability. both the tests are very equivalent, they equally consist of four part listening, reading, writing and speaking and together test applicant on their expertise to use English in academic situation. like a student, how are you proposed to see which test to take? The answer ultimately depends on what you have calculated and how you perform best.
The TOEFL is far more comprehensive than the IELTS. You are tested far more for your ability to use English because they combine skills within each other. For example the writing combines reading, listening and writing. Plus, you must be able to express yourself effectively in an independent writing.

The IELTS is simpler and more straight forward; reading, writing listening and speaking.

I have heard the IELTS characterized as the poor man's TOEFL.
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The TOEFL is far more comprehensive than the IELTS. You are tested far more for your ability to use English because they combine skills within each other. For example the writing combines reading, listening and writing. Plus, you must be able to express yourself effectively in an independent writing.
I thought so, too, that's why I took the TOEFL. But on the other hand, the TOEFL seems to be easier for most people in Europe, I guess, because they usually have some sense for how to interpret and use words and structures. On the other hand, it seems TOEFL is more difficult for Asians, who excel more at learning grammar points and vocabulary.

However, IELTS and TOEFL cost around the same amount of hard earned money so I wouldn't say the IELTS is the "poor man's TOEFL".
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I see IELTS superior to Toefl, after all it is the british whom the language belongs, not the americans ( no offense)
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I see IELTS superior to Toefl, after all it is the british whom the language belongs, not the americans ( no offense)
I am offended. The British dialect belongs to the British and the American dialect belongs to the Americans.

IELTS is not a test of British English and the TOEFL is not a test of American English. A native American speaker with no knowledge of the British lexicon can take either test and vice versa.

However, the TOEFL is a more complex test. A candidate must use more aspects of the language more often to show their proficiency.
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I have taught both, and I can honestly say TOEFL is more difficult because of its listening section. It consists of fairly lengthy spoken content that has very high information density with academic dictions, very similar to a very rigorous lecture. This challenges the test taker more as an excellent note taker where excellent English proficiency is only the given. So, not sure by what you determine superiority, keep that in mind. If you are a great note taker, take TOEFL as it makes you stand out. If not, take IELTS as it's a lot easier in that regard and hides that shortcoming. And of course, depends on which exam your prospective program accepts, which is not always both.
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IELTS is a British English exam required by British or Australian universities for potential applicants, while TOEFL is an American language test only valid in U.S. territories and Canada. IELTS is slightly more difficult because it's not a multiple choice exam and you need to write two essays.

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But, sadly, neither of them ensures fluency in spoken English, leading to a large number of graduate students teaching entry level courses and labs who may be able to pass the tests but are not fluent in English and have no business teaching at an English-speaking university.
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I see IELTS superior to Toefl, after all it is the british whom the language belongs, not the americans ( no offense)
True, but we seriously outnumber the British.
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