IELTS stand for ‘International English Language Test Systems’. It is the ideal testing system that is designed to assess your language ability if you wish to work or study in a nation where English is the language of communication. Your IELTS scores are accepted by the universities and employers in many countries. Many foreign colleges, immigration authorities, and professional bodies recognize IELTS scores for admissions and employment.
What is TOEFL?
TOEFL is the standardized ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language’ that measures your English language ability, if you need to study in English-speaking colleges and universities or to work with employers in such nations. It focuses on assessing how a non-native speaker can perform or could be comfortable in reading, listening, speaking, and writing English as that is one of the most widely accepted language of communication.
Every year more than 30 million students/employees take IELTS or TOEFL test across the globe. This test demonstrates how proficient a candidate is in English language. [The level of proficiency can range from Intermediate to Advanced—many universities and employers in foreign countries generally accept IELTS/TOEFL level 6.0 or higher as evidence of language ability. Generally, the following people take the tests:
- Students who wish to study at established institutions abroad.
- People who plan to take on English Language Learning Program in English speaking institutions.
- Students who plan to pursue scholarships and certifications from renowned B-Schools in foreign countries.
- Students and employees applying for visas for further studies or work in other countries.
IELTS vs TOEFL
IELTS as well as TOEFL scores keep valid until two years after the date you take the exam on.
The four section scoring of the IELTS are divided as the following:
The four section scores of the TOEFL are divided as the following:
|Section||Score Range||Mean Scores*|
The test scores for both the tests are posted online within 10 days after the test date. ETS also send up to four official score reports directly to the institutions that the student selects.
IELTS/TOEFL Exam dates in 2017 – 2018
IELTS Exam datesThe exam dates for IELTS are scheduled for 48 days every year. You have complete flexibility of choosing any date that is convenient to you. However, the exam date that you can choose has to be at least three to four months before the date of expiry of your application.
IELTS Registration FeeThe registration fee for IELTS is INR 11,300.
TOEFL Exam datesFor TOEFL the exam date has o be at least a month before the application expires which gives you enough time to prepare for your final test. If ever you have to re-appear for the exam, you can do that after 12 days of your previous attempt.
TOEFL Registration FeeThe registration fee for TOEFL is $170, which would roughly translate to INR 11,000 to 11,500 (approx).
IELTS/TOEFL Test Pattern 2017
The test pattern is as follows:
|Reading||60 minutes||It includes three long passages that range from descriptive to factual to discursive. The text for the passages is taken from books, journals, or newspapers. You are assessed based on how good you are at analyzing non-verbal elements such as diagrams, graphs, and illustrations.|
|Listening||30 minutes||The Listening section includes recorded monologues and conversations.|
|Writing||60 minutes||Within this section you are expected to write at least 150 words about specific topic. You are given a short essay or table or graph or chart or diagram and are asked to summarize it.|
|Speaking||11-14 minutes||This section includes face-to-face interview that assesses you on the basis of how spontaneous you are at answering short questions and speaking about a familiar topic.|
For the first three sections, you must appear at once whereas the Speaking section can be arranged separately on the same day or up to seven days before or after you have appeared for the first three sections.
The test pattern for TOEFL is as follows:
|Reading||60-80 minutes||36-56 questions||You are expected to read 3 to 4 passages from the specific academic text and answer the given questions.|
|Listening||60-90 minutes||34-51 questions||You are made to listen to a lecture or have a class room discussion and conversation. Based on those you should answer the asked questions.|
|Break||10 minutes||You are given a break of few minutes to reassure yourself.|
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 Tasks||You are asked to speak on a specified topic and express your opinions or beliefs that you reckon from the given tasks.|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 Tasks||This includes reading and listening to familiar topics and then, summarizing them into short essays while supporting your subjective opinions.|