Students who wish to pursue their masters abroad have to fulfill an essential pre –requisite apart from GRE that is, attempting a universally recognized English test. Till today there are several tests which are accepted by universities worldwide. All the exams are very similar as they all test you on the same 4 sections and they are – reading, writing, listening and speaking
TOEFL vs IELTS
TOEFL – the Test of English as a Foreign Language
- The whole test is about three hours long and can be taken on a computer or on paper.
- TOEFL is scored on a 0 – 120. Each section is scored from 0 – 30 points
- The TOEFL score is valid for two years. If you take it more than once, universities will usually only consider the most recent score.
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
- There are two versions of the IELTS: Academic and General Training
- Academic is for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education
- General training is for those who plan to do non-academic training, as well as professionals who want to work in an English-speaking country or fulfill immigration requirements.
- The reading, writing and listening modules are 2:45 long. Speaking is about 15 minutes which usually happens on another day before or after the exam
- IELTS scoring is from 1- 9 .The accepted level depends on the institution.
While there is no official expiration date, institutions do not consider an IELTS score older than two years.
LEt consider some other importane factor of TOEFL vs IELTS:
|Cost||INR 11,100||INR 11,409|
|Accent||British accent||American accent|
|Microphone use||Not used||Uses a microphone|
|Interview||Detailed personal interview||No such interview|
|Dialects||Variety of dialects||American language|
|Question-Type||Many different types of questions||Only Multiple choice questions|
|Language source||From leisure/entertainment background||From academic background|
|School Preference||UK schools||US schools|
Cambridge FCE – First Certificate in English
- The Cambridge FCE proves that one can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for academic or work purposes.
- The score is between 0 – 100 and is based on the total score from all five sections. There are also letter grades, and each corresponds to a number range.
- CERF Level C1, or A – 80-100
B – 75-79
C – 60-74
CEFR Level B1 – 45-49
Fail – 0-44
- The FCE scores have no expiration.
- Fees is 160 euros.
Pearson’s Test – PTE
This has three parts –
(i) PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)
(ii) PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)
(iii) PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)
- Cost of PTE is INR 10,900
- The score is based on performance on all the range, the overall score is 10-90 points.
Out of all the given examinations the most popular ones taken by students is IELTS OR TOEFL which often becomes debatable as students tend to always want to go for the easier exam or the less expensive exam. Hence universities now days have come up with their own solution for the contest between IELTS OR TOEFL. So universities accept students getting a certain score either in IELTS or TOEFL. To help you decide whether to go for IELTS Or TOEFL, keeping in mind the country where you choose to do your masters can be considered as almost every European country accepts IELTS and similarly TOEFL is well recognized everywhere in North and South America.
Given Below are some distinguishing factors of TOEFL vs IELTS, that will help you figure out which would be your exam of choice.
Cost: IELTS exam is much cheaper than TOEFL. Cost of giving IELTS is around INR 11100 whilst cost of giving TOEFL is INR 11351.7.
Duration: TOEFL exam is around 4 hours, IELTS is considerably shorter which is around 2:45 minutes
Test Centers: In India, IELTS is usually held in 3-4 star hotels while TOEFL is held in cyber cafe turned examination centers.
Score sending: TOEFL ask you to send the scores via ETS only, after 4 score reports it would cost you 35 $ for application to any other university. IELTS has no charges for sending scores.
Typing/Writing Preference: If you’re typing speed is slow, then do not take TOEFL as it requires you to type your essay answers. However, IELTS allows you to write you essay answers.
Microphone Use: If you’re comfortable speaking into a microphone, you can go with TOEFL. However, if you’re not comfortable with that then IELTS will give you an option of face to face/
Question Type: If you are familiar with tests that have many question types, including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, true/false, and flowcharts then IELTS would be suitable. TOEFL only has multiple choice questions.
Schools Location: If your first preference is European schools, then it would be a better idea to go with IELTS. On the other hand, if you’re aiming for U.S. schools, then you can opt for TOEFL.
At the end of the day it comes done to more or less personal preference. Both exams can be considered equally easy or difficult, but what can be considered while choosing between IELTS or TOEFL is, if you are planning on doing your Masters in UK or around Europe IELTS is a better option as it is more preferred exam in Europe as in the case of TOEFL it is more popularly recognized in US, Canada etc.