The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international test for English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. Jointly managed by the British Council, Australia, and Cambridge, this test is widely considered when applying for universities abroad.
Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL tests are high-standard tests assuring admissions officers of the readiness for the classroom and beyond. It is widely preferred by universities worldwide. More than 35 million people worldwide have chosen the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency.
|Sections||Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking||Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking|
|Accepted by countries||Specifically, by the USA||Globally accepted|
|Reading||3-4 passages with 10 questions each (Time: 50-72 mins)||3 passages with a total of 40 questions (60 minutes)|
|Listening||3-4 recordings with 6 questions (40-52 mins)||40 questions in 4 short duration recordings (time: 30 mins)|
|Writing||2 writing samples 50 mins Integrated & Non-Integrated||2 writing samples 60 mins Letter, Argument essay|
|Speaking session||6 questions are asked and answers are recorded (30 mins)||Few questions about the individual and a 2-minute speech on a random topic picked. (15-17 mins)|
|When is it conducted||4 times each month||48 times a year|
|Version||N/A||There are two types of IELTS: Academic: Given by students planning to study abroad General IELTS: Given by individuals looking to emigrate to English-speaking countries or for work-related training.|
|Score||On a scale of 120, universities require an 80+ score.||On a scale of 9, universities require a 6.5+ score overall.|
|URL||https://v2.ereg.ets.org/ereg/public/jump?_p=TEL||British Council: https://ieltsregistration.britishcouncil.org/test-chooser IDP: https://www.ieltsidpindia.com/registration/registration|
|It’s an online exam||Students prefer the Pen and paper method, but of late, the online method is preferred because of the pandemic.|
|Additional score reports||Scores can be sent to 4 universities free of cost (needs to be done 24 hours before your exam date) For the rest, $20 per university will be charged||Scores can be sent to 5 universities free of cost. For the remaining universities, charges are levied as Online: Rs. 250 Courier: Rs. 1250|
|Fees||$ 180||Rs. 14,700|