IELTS vs TOEFL: Which is easier?

ielts vs toefl


For most students who are planning to go to University, they will need to pass an English Proficiency Test of  IELTS or TOEFL before they can start their course.

But the big question is ….which is easier IELTS or TOEFL?.

The only answer to this is another question: Which is easier, swimming the Atlantic ocean or Pacific ocean?  They are both hard!

But of course not impossible as people pass these exams every day.

So let’s break it down:

What is an IELTS test? 

This is an English Proficiency test from the United Kingdom.

This test is hand written.

This test is marked by qualified IELTS examiners.

This test has 9 bands. To pass you usually need somewhere between a Band 6-7 to be able to successfully complete a English based University course.

The exam has 4 tests – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

What is a TOEFL test? 

This is an English Proficiency test from the United States.

The entire test is online and must be conducted at a pro-metrics online testing centre.

Upon completion of the online exam, the test is immediately sent to the United States, and is marked by qualified TOEFL examiners.

This test has 130 points. To pass you usually need somewhere between 87-101 to be able to successfully complete a English based University course.

The exam has 4 tests – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Generally:

Both are difficult, however most students prefer to use the IELTS exam as it is not computer based, so it doesn’t require fast typing skills (particularly for the writing exam).

 

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5 thoughts on “IELTS vs TOEFL: Which is easier?

  1. “The entire test is online”
    In my country (Iraq), we still have a paper-based TOEFL exam without speaking test.

  2. I think I am glad to have been admitted to college back when the worse we had to worry about was either the SAT or the ACT. Guess with the scoring scales being adulterated so badly, the universities and colleges had to find something else to show how much/little a student actually retained. Either that, or these tests aren’t being administered in the US.

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