Are You an International Student Studying or Migrating to the USA? Then it is likely that you understand that in order to do so, a specific English Language exam must first be passed – two such exams being the International English Language Testing System or IELTS and Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL – two widely accepted tests with significant differences between them which you should know about before taking either test.
IELTS and TOEFL both evaluate students’ English abilities across four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Both tests employ similar structures for these sections but may differ in terms of order of sections and scoring systems. One major difference between IELTS and TOEFL lies in how their speaking sections are conducted: IELTS uses conversation-based testing while TOEFL requires students to answer questions from an examiner via microphone – many students find this uncomfortable as answering to an artificial machine may make them feel self-conscious when talking for extended periods.
IELTS features an innovative scoring system, ranking students on a scale from 1-9 depending on their performance in each section of the exam. It is one of the world’s most commonly taken English exams and is often required as part of enrolling at top American universities.