If you are planning to travel abroad to an English speaking country, then you need TOEFL or IELTS. These tests determine your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL stands for Test of English as a foreign language; IELTS stands for International English Language Testing Service.

Do you need both tests? What are the differences between them? Let us learn more about both tests in order to know which one best fits your requirements.

If you are not a native speaker of English and you want to study abroad in an English speaking country, it is of extreme importance to have sufficient knowledge in English as universities need to make sure that you will succeed in the educational background.

IELTS is primarily the British version of this test, so you may encounter some questions that include British English, which is somehow different from American English. IELTS has four different sections –reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The duration of the reading section is 60 minutes long. Moreover, it requires you to answer 40 questions about different texts that might come from novels, magazines, newspapers, or journals.

The listening section is 30 minutes long and requires you to listen to conversations or lectures and answer questions. In addition, you might need to understand British  , Canadian, Australian, and American accents.

The speaking portion is very conversational since you will be in front of a real person and will last from 10 to 15 minutes.

The writing section’s duration is 60 minutes and requires you to write on two topics at a length of 150-250 words.

TOEFL is mainly the American version of this test. It has four sections –reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The reading section of the TOEFL requires you to read 3-4 passages from a specific text. Afterwards, you will be asked to answer questions about the text; this section consists of 36-56 questions and lasts 60-80 minutes. The texts used are usually not so complicated; thus, knowledge of very difficult words is not required.

The writing section lasts 50 minutes, and it is the last section. You will simply write two responses; the responses will be based on either information you learned in the previous sections or an opinion question.

The duration of the listening section is 60-90 minutes and consists of 34-51 questions. You may listen to anything from lectures to casual conversations. In addition, the conversations are in a standard American accent.

Lasting 20 minutes, the speaking section requires you to talk about six different topics. You will speak into a microphone, and your responses will be recorded; therefore, you won’t speak directly to anybody.

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