Most of the people are confused that which language exam they need to take. Well so our experts are here to help you at Coral Institute of Languages in Chandigarh Mohali-Punjab. Talking about exams for foreign universities, mostly we have two options: IELTS or TOEFL.
These are the two main English language tests accepted by universities all over the world, IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). But the big question that faces students is; which one they should take?
Both the exams of English language are aimed at pre-university students planning to make the step to higher education. Both evaluate how well you can combine your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Although both tests ostensibly focus on the same thing, they do so in different ways, which is why so many students want to know which is better (and even more commonly, which is easier). One of the main differences is the speaking part of the test. For IELTS you are required to take this with an IELTS examiner face to face. For TOEFL the speaking test consists of six questions which you answer into a microphone. These are recorded and sent to an examiner to mark. That’s it!!
The scoring system is very different, with IELTS rating between band 0 and 9, with halfway points in between and 0 is the lowest band where 9 goes to expert users. IELTS is administered jointly by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP Education Australia, and conducts its test in UK English. TOEFL gives a more numerical SAT-type grade, totalling your scores from all the areas. This gives an insight into another key difference. TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service, a non-profit US based organisation, and conducts its test according to US English.
So which is better?
The answer really is where you are going or what you want! I think if you are going to US it’s better to take TOEFL SAT English <scores>, whereas for any other country IELTS is recommendable. TOEFL may tend to favour more abstract learners as many of the questions are multiple choices whereas IELTS may be more suited to concrete learners as it involves memory recall.
Finally, it may be necessary to check that your chosen institution accepts the test.