It is really confusing to select and attempt a foreign language proficiency test while seeking admission in an overseas university,
However this overview can help you decide why you must prefer the IELTS or the TOEFL.
Both IELTS and TOEFL are language proficiency exams and are among the most popular and picked tests attempted by millions of students every year applying to foreign universities.
What is IELTS?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international language test conducted under the administration of British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English.
In a European or an overseas nation other than America, your IELTS scores will matter a lot in educational and professional fields to judge your language proficiency. This test is also required if you are applying for immigration. The general format and scores of IELTS are accepted by more than 10,000 institutions globally.
So, it’s IELTS for European Universities other than America. The IELTS offers an academic option as well as a general test; this is generally the preferred test for immigration purposes to the UK and Canada.
What is TOEFL?
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is taken under the supervision of Educational Testing Service (ETS) which is a non-profit private organization. TOEFL could be said to be more academically specified testing program as it test your ability to communicate in English in universities and other institutional settings. More than 8000 institutions across 130 countries and world’s top universities accept TOEFL .
To choose between these two tests, you have to ponder upon two factors:
The major difference between IELTS and TOEFL is that TOEFL scores are highly accepted in American Universities.
The Foreign Requirements:
If the university has signified any specific test then it’s no use to consider the other option. It is clearly mentioned in the admission requirement area which test the university will accept and if you are applying in several universities then you can check which is the maximum accepted and take only one or you could take both, depending on your personal choice.
Both exams approximately cost about $200-$250. If these exams are conducted in your own country check which one is cheaper and for which test you can get prepared in minimum time and cost. You can check the organizations’ websites to find the real cost for each test.
If you have both choices in your hand, then check out which exam center is located in your city and is easily accessible.
Distance does matter in many cases therefore go for the facilitated option.
Your Learning and Writing Skills:
Conclusively, to decide between TOEFL and IELTS, the following things matter:
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