What is IELTS and TOEFL?

The International English language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS™ is accepted by Universities in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia.

TOEFL is an English exam that students going to the USA are required to appear for. The modules that are tested are Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. This is an Internet based exam and maximum grades are 120. The student needs to register for the exam on the TOEFL website with a valid passport. Test of English as a Foreign Language needs the candidate to be comfortable with the language so that he can use it effectively as a communication tool.

DETAILS OF TEST (IELTS)

The tests will be for all four skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing

  • Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Reading section has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.
  • Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Writing section consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks.
  • Listening (40 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Listening section has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). Each item is worth one mark.
  • Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands) Speaking test is a face-to-face interaction between the candidate and an examiner
  • IELTS is conducted in India by IDP and British Council. For detailed information about IELTS, please refer to the official website of IELTS
    www.ielts.org

DETAILS OF TEST (TOEFL)

The tests will be for all four skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

  • READING (54-72 min) (30-40 questions) (0-30 scoring scale) 3-4 passages from academic texts; approx 700 word long with 10 questions per passage.
  • LISTENING (41-57 min) (28-39 questions) (0-30 scoring scale) 3-4 lectures each 3-5 min long with 6 questions each; 2-3 conversations, each 3 minutes long with 5 questions each.
  • SPEAKING (17 min) (4 tasks) (0-30 scoring scale)1 task to express an opinion on a topic; 3 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.
  • WRITING (50 min) (2 tasks) (0-5 points converted to 0-30 scoring scale) 1 task to write based on what is read or listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.
  • For detailed information about TOEFL, please refer to the official website of TOEFL www.toefl.org

HOW AND WHEN TO TAKE THE TEST?
(IELTS)

IELTS is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the city by following the given link www.ielts.org

IELTS can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to appear for IELTS too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature).

IELTS score is valid for 2 years from the date the test was taken.

HOW AND WHEN TO TAKE THE TEST?
(TOEFL)

TOEFL is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the country by following the given link https://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=toefl

There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period.

Your TOEFL score will be valid for 2 years from the date the test was taken.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SCORE
I NEED TO GET ? (IELTS)

For admissions one has to score minimum of band 6. Also it depends on university requirements. Therefore one should know the minimum score requirement of the university in which applying.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SCORE
I NEED TO GET ? (TOEFL)

For admission, one has to score over 80 for MS and Undergraduate programs, over 100 for PhD and MBA courses. Usually a score of 100 is required for students who are looking for financial aid/scholarships.