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


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.

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.


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 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.


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.


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!