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Which of the two exams to discover ourselves?

Congratulations. You are now ready to take an important internationally recognized exam to show in-depth English language skills. The only problem is that there are a few exams you can choose from.

Two of the most important examinations are TOEFL and IELTS.

There is a wide choice for English tests, but in most cases, English is chosen from TOEFL and IELTS. Typically, this Image of pen and listis the student’s choice, both of which are considered to meet the entrance requirements of an academic environment. Here we will try to clarify some factual moment for each individual to make that decision.

To begin with, it is important to answer some questions before deciding whether to attend IELTS or TOEFL.

NB! If you do not need IELTS or TOEFL for academic English – you can appear on IELTS (general version) – much easier than IELTS (academic version) or TOEFL

  • What emphasis do you feel comfortable with – North American or British?

If you have more experience with British English (or Australian English), you can go to IELTS as the vocabulary and accent tend towards British English. If you watch a lot of Hollywood movies and you like American idiomatic English, just talk to TOEFL as it reflects American English.

  • Do you feel more comfortable with the broad range of North American vocabulary and idiomatic system or the British vocabulary and idiomatic system?

Here the answer may be contained in the above-mentioned information – IELTS is for British English and TOEFL – for North American English.

  • Can you type characters quickly?

As you read below in the section on key differences between IELTS and TOEFL, TOEFL requires you to type your essay in special test fields. If you type the characters too slowly – IELTS would be more advisable, as there you write your answers by hand.

  • Would you like to finish the test as quickly as possible?

Image of exam-timeIf you are too worried during a test and want to finish as quickly as possible – choosing between IELTS or TOEFL is easier. TOEFL lasts 4 hours, while IELTS is significantly shorter – about 2 hours 45 minutes.

NB! Remember – shorter does not mean easier!

  • Do you feel comfortable with a wide range of topics to work on (answering questions)?

The TOEFL exam is made almost entirely of multiple choice questions, on the other hand IELTS has a much wider range of questions including questions with choice of answer, filling in the missing word, linking words meaning and so on. If you do not feel comfortable with multiple choice choices, TOEFL is not the exam for you.

  • Are you experienced in making notes?

Taking notes is an important element for both exams. However, this is a much more important element for the TOEFL exam. As you will read below, the listening section, in particular, depends on the extent to which your writing skills are developed. This will also depend on the answers to the questions.

Check your knowledge here for TOEFL and here for IELTS.