Do you have a question in your mind like;

Is TOEFL tougher than IELTS?
What are the pro and cons of TOEFL and IELTS?
Do I have to take or retake the TOEFL/IELTS?
What is the difference between TOEFL and IELTS?

IELTS or TOEFL are taken in English speaking countries from people who don’t have English as their first language. When planning to study and move abroad it is difficult to choose between IELTS and TOEFL. Both IELTS and TOEFL check your English proficiency, but since both have the same purpose people tend to generally mix them both. This is what I am going to clear for you in this article; so let us see the differences between IELTS and TOEFL.

Difference between IELTS and TOEFL

IELTS is for those countries who have English as their first language like, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Australia or NewZealand TOEFL is for North American countries mainly the US or some universities in Canada.
The marks you get in IELTS is called ‘band’ The marks you get in TOEFL is called ‘scores’
IELTS evaluates individual criteria for the four skills that are reading, speaking, writing and listening TOEFL takes the average score from reading, speaking, listening and writing of 120 score
This exam format follows British English The passages are more tilted towards the American English
IELTS conducted by British council or by IPP Australia It is conducted by ETS which is a non-profitable organization of the US.
IELTS is a pen and paper exam. However, there is some computer-based exam of IELTS at centres.     TOEFL is an internet-based exam (IBT) It is taken on the computer. So, you need a very good computer speed. Though there are some centres that offer the paper-based exam.
This exam is nearly 2 hours and 45 mins exam or a maximum of 3 hours This is a 4-hour exam
Speaking test is generally taken a day or two days before. Later, first, there is Listening then Reading and last Writing. You get a break of 10 to 15mins in every portion. All skills are tested on the same day. First is Reading then Listen and its back to back then you have a 10 mins break then you have speaking and last writing soon after speaking.
The test can be general or academic. It is totally an academic exam.
The fee of IELTS is fixed $200   The fee is not fixed and varies from country to country. The amount is between $165 to $200 depending on which university you are applying for.
IELTS has a number of sets of question types to solve TOEFL is based on multiple-choice questions only

Comparison of TOEFL and IELTS

Both TOEFL and IELTS are equally valuable. The choice just depends on the university or place you are applying for. Since IELTS is mostly a pen and paper-based exam, it is generally being more accepted globally. Some universities who were in demand of TOEFL are considering IELTS also due to its convenience. Some give choice between the two. In many places, IELTS or TOEFL is fixed and there is no choice you have to give either one of them.

Which is more difficult TOEFL or IELTS?

TOEFL is generally considered to be more difficult than IELTS that is why many universities in the US even is accepting IELTS. In Canada some universities accept IELTS and some go for TOEFL. The bands of IELTS have an individual ranking for the four skills whereas TOEFL has an overall score that is from a total of 120.

Modules of IELTS

There are two modules of IELTS tests, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. You will choose the test based on what you want to do.

IELTS Academic IELTS General
It tests whether your English level is suitable for an academic environment. It helps you get admission to a university, college or an institutional organization. It measures your language proficiency in a practical and everyday context. It is taken for a workplace or social situations.


TOEFL is an older test than IELTS and was developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics. It has 45000 centres that spread across 165 countries, and IELTS has only 900 centres globally. This number makes TOEFL seem more popular. Moreover, there are more people who apply for the US than in other countries like Australia or Britain. Both tests are valid for two years and are offered nearly all year round. They are the two most accepted international tests in the world.

IELTS has accepted over 10,000 institutions across 140 countries. Whereas TOEFL is accepted by over 8500 institutions across 130 countries in the world’s top 100 universities.

Now after getting detailed information on the difference between IELTS and TOEFL, I hope you would be in a better position to choose which test you would want to take.

You can find more details about IELTS and TOEFL from;

Everything you need to know about IELTS

Everything you need to know about TOEFL

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