So you want to apply to study abroad? That’s great! The process of overseas education has several requirements that have to be satisfied for you to qualify for courses abroad. Taking an English Proficiency Test is one of them. TThe est of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the popularly opted-for tests across the globe. And the test requirements are different for different universities.
Both IELTS as well as TOEFL will test your ability in Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening. Even though the stages are similar, the process of preparing for and taking these exams is entirely different. You should also know that after taking these tests, the scores will only be valid for 2 years so you would have to retake them if you are planning to move on to higher studies.
More than 10,000 universities in over 150 countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., the United States, and all across Europe and Asia accept TOEFL.
How does it work and where to take it?
The TOEFL is conducted through the Internet-based (iBT) version. There are sittings available over 50 times a year at approved test centres around the world. Click here to select your test date and location.
When and how to prepare?
To get the scores on time before leaving the country to the University of your choice you will need to take the TOEFL test at least 2 to 3 months before.
The ETS TOEFL offers many preparation materials including free sample questions, practice tests, and comprehensive tips and information about the test. Learn more here.
The IELTS certificate is approved by more than 12,000 education and training providers worldwide. And yes, even in non-English speaking countries that provide courses in English will also require an IELTS score. IELTS has two versions from which you can choose. The Academic being the most popular one for those applying for higher education. People going to English-speaking countries for secondary education, work experience, or training programs are required to do the General Training version.
Where to take it and how does it work?
There are 1200 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries around the globe. Click here to locate your nearest test. The IELTS test can be appeared for on paper OR Computer.
The total duration of the test is around 2 hours and 45 minutes and includes: You can search your nearest centre here.
How and when to prepare?
IELTS provides sample questions to train, to get an idea about what to expect during the test. After 13 days, since you appeared for the exam, you’ll receive a Test Report Form. You’ll be able to view your results for 28 days.
If you’re sure about studying abroad, we recommend you register as soon as possible for a test date with an IELTS centre. Surely, there is a limit to how many people could take the test on a particular date
Are you still on the fence?
Here’s an easy way to check which test you should take (if the university of your preference accepts both English exams).