There are different types of test which can determine your English language’s proficiency. Among those many tests, the most popular and used tests are TOEFL-iBT and IELTS. However, what is the difference between those two? Even though people have heard a lot about them, there are actually only a few of people who know and understand the difference between these two tests well. Therefore, in this article, we’re going to discuss about the difference between TOEFL-iBT and IELTS.

Basically, TOEFL-iBT and IELTS consist of the same test sections; speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Even though they are testing on the same fields, a few differences still exist.

TOEFL-iBT means Test of English as Foreign Language Internet-Based Test
IELTS means International English Language Testing System

SPEAKING

TOEFL-iBT
Because its name means Internet-Based Test, TOEFL-iBT is a test that you do by using a computer and of course, an internet. Unlike other tests that having an examiner during the test, TOEFL-iBT doesn’t have one, so the test takers are using a computer and internet only. For speaking, the test takers will speak into a microphone which connected to the computer, and a grader will listen to your recorded answers and will grade you at a later date. The speaking section takes about 20 minutes and it consists of six questions.

IELTS
The concrete difference between TOEFL-iBT and IELTS is that IELTS have an examiner during the test, while TOEFL-iBT doesn’t. The test takes about 12 to 14 minutes for the whole section. The test is usually short questions and talks about familiar topics from one another.

WRITING

TOEFL-iBT
The test consists of two tasks and each of them requires 50-300 words. The questions most likely will order the test takers to summarize a text or a dialogue, read by a lecturer.

IELTS
IELTS also consists of two tasks, but each of them requires 200-250 words. What the test takers have to do is to summarize or interpret the information presented from a graphic.

READING

TOEFL-iBT and IELTS
Both tests’ section consists of 3 to 5 reading passage, which make the section has to be done in 20 minutes. The passages are from academic in nature and the questions are multiple choice.

LISTENING

TOEFL-iBT and IELTS
The test consist of conversation and lecture question which will take 40-60 minutes to do the listening selection. The questions are in the form of multiple choice.

Although there are no much differences between TOEFL-iBT and IELTS tests, but we can see that the major difference is that; the test takers are using a computer and internet for TOEFL-iBT while IELTS test takers are tested by an examiner.
So which test should I take?
Well, it actually depends on the universities that you’re going to enroll. If, for example, TOEFL-iBT is required for the enrollment of a university, then you take TOEFL-iBT instead of IELTS, and the same things goes if IELTS is required.

Those are the differences between TOEFL-iBT and IETLS. If you’re perhaps going to take one of the tests and you need a place to study for the preparation, you can contact us for more info because classes for those tests are available in our school!

Good luck!