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IELTS vs TOEFL - which one is better ?

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By Mahmud Hoque and Md Mostafa Kamal Abir in HigherStudyAbroad™ TOEFL-IELTS Subdivision


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe similar to TOEFL. Normally, belief that – if someone wants to qualify for the British and other English speaking College/Universities, go for IELTS exam and if you wish for US College/University TOEFL is best option. Generally, people are confused with the difference between TOEFL and IELTS.


One can't state which is better. It normally depends on where you want to apply or which university you are interested in.

**The IELTS exam score is valid for all the Universities in UK. But, from year 2007, US universities are accepting IELTS score too. Here is the link "US Recognition List: Educational Institutions, Professional Organizations and Accrediting Bodies Recognizing IELTS- "

**In the TOEFL test basically concentrate on American English. If you have this American Accent then you have an edge over others. Though, it is not legally stated in the TOEFL documents or Test patterns but as per the experience it is believed so. On the other hand, IELTS have independence of accent.

**TOEFL test consider American English Spellings, for instance, ‘Colour’ is written as Color. IELTS consider both types.
The big difference between TOEFL and IELTS is “The Speaking Section”.

**TOEFL Speaking Section: It is a computer based test where you have to speak on certain topics as per the given reading and listening inputs.

**IELTS Speaking Section: You have to face an Interview. Yes, this is true. You have to give a real interview. Interviewer may ask general questions based on hobbies, likings etc. Even you have to pick a cue card and answer certain issues related to that.

The bottom line is, if you are not comfortable with interview, it is better to give TOEFL. This is the main reason why TOEFL is preferred over IELTS apart from the craze of US Universities.

These are just the ideas based on real experience and general comparison. One can't comment that which test is better, it just depends on the need of student. One should take decision based on the University requirements.
Now, Choice is yours...!!!

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