IELTS versus TOEFL comparison chart
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Introduction (from Wikipedia) The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS /ˈaɪ.ɛlts/, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities.
Acronym IELTS TOEFL
Type Standardized test. Available in 2 versions: "Academic" and "General training". Internet-based or paper-based standardized test.
Developer / administrator Cambridge English Language Assessment, British Council, IDP Education. Educational Testing Service
Knowledge/skill(s) tested Listening, reading, writing and speaking of the English language. Reading, listening, speaking and writing of the English language.
Purpose To assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. Testing the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers for academic and other purposes.
Duration Listening: 40 minutes,, Reading: 60 minutes,, Writing: 60 minutes,, Speaking: 11–15 minutes., Total: about 3 hours. Internet-based test (iBT): 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes (excluding 10 minute break in-between)., Paper-based test (PBT): 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Score/grade range 0 to 9, in 0.5 band increments. iBT: 0 to 30 (in 1 point increments) on each of the 4 sections. So total of 0 to 120., PBT: Listening: 31 to 68, Structure: 31 to 69, Reading: 31 to 67. Total of 310 to 677. Writing (separate): 0 to 6. (All in 1 point increments.)
Score/grade validity 2 years 2 years
Offered Multiple times a year. iBT: More than 50 times a year.
Country(ies) / region(s) More than 900 test centers in over 130 countries. 4500 test centers in 165 countries.
Language(s) English English
Annual no. of test takers Over 2 million in 2012. (?)
Prerequisites / eligibility criteria No official prerequisite. Intended for non-native English speakers. No official prerequisite. Intended for non-native English speakers.
Fee May vary from centre-to-centre and time-to-time. May accept local currency. Example cost: ₹ 10400 (about US$ 165) in Punjab, India, in April 2015. iBT: US$ 160 to US$ 250, depending on the country., PBT: US$ 160.
Scores/grades used by More than 8000 education institutions, governments, professional registration bodies and employers worldwide. Over 9000 universities, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries.
Website www.ielts.org www.ets.org/toefl

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