TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) was developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service), a private, non-profit institute headquartered in the USA.IELTS (International English Language Testing System) has been developed by the British Council, IDP Education Australia, and Cambridge ESOL
The TOEFL test measures your ability to communicate in English in colleges and universities. Accepted by 7000+ institutions in more than 130 countries, it is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. You can take the Internet-based Test (iBT) or the Paper-based Test (PBT), depending on which format is offered at your test centerIELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s proven English test. Over 1.2 million candidates take the test each year to start their journeys into international education and employment. IELTS is recognized by more than 6000+ institutions across 120 countries.
Accepted by more universities than IELTS
-15-day wait for results, so make sure you take the test well in advance of your application deadlines.
– Large demand, so test places fill up quickly – make sure you book in advance.
– More exclusively academic in focus than IELTS or PTE.
-13-day wait for results, so make sure you take the test well in advance of your application deadlines.

The validating system differs alot

There are over 4,500 test centers worldwide.

There are over 4000 test centers worldwide.

a TOEFL score is valid for two years. After this period you will need to take another test, as it is likely that your level of language proficiency will have changed significantly. If you have taken the test more than once in two years, universities will normally only accept your latest score.

They both expire after two years.

– It’s cheaper, faster (only lasts 3-4 hours including all sections), better organized (IMO) and results get quicker to you (both on-line and by post)

For IELTS you usually need to clear two days: one for the interview, one for the rest; in terms of asking for permission at work/college, dealing with transport, etc.

TOEFL requires a wider knowledge of grammatical rules, as it’s more ‘by the book’ in that department, and has loads of ‘traps’ to see if the candidate makes grammar mistakes

In that sense, IELTS is tad easier and covers more descriptive (rather than prescriptive) aspects of the language

TOEFL’s spoken section is talking to a microphone, IELTS’ is an interview with an examiner.

TOEFL has an extremely simple format and the parameters for judging skills of self-expression are spelt out clearly

For those people who prefer face-to-face interaction, IELTS is more comfortable


IELTS’ assessment of speaking skills, in an interview format, is felt to be more intimidating

– TOEFL’s tasks (both for writing and speaking) are usually about college life: describing a major you like, analyzing a psychological bias, describing a biology sub-topic…

IELTS General asks you for more quotidian things: what you like to give other people for birthday, what’s the last time you’ve laughed out loud, etc… IELTS Academic is sort of in the middle of both:

TOEFL’s listening section uses Standard (Formal) American English.

IELTS’ includes several different dialects and accents: English, American, Welsh, Scottish, Hiberno, Australian, posh, formal, informal

TOEFL is accepted in many British universities. surprisingly enough, even some British institutions trust more in a 100+ TOEFL IBT than in a 8.0+ IELTS.

IELTS is accepted in many American universities (including all the Ivy League)

TOEFL has a more precise grading system since each section goes from 0 to 30 and the total result is from 0 to 120.

IELTS is only graded by half-bands. It means that on each section you get 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5 or 9.0. There’s no 6.45 (for instance).

Toefl requires more and more attention and concentration to listening part

IELTS is easier

Toefl’s reading and writing are easier.

the reading part in IELTS is harder.

some part of TOEFL’s reading and listening is multiple choice

IELTS’s is filling in the blanks.

Its computerized scoring leaves no scope for inaccuracies.

IELTS, which sticks by manual correction, however, claims that its markers are highly trained and regularly go through refresher courses, leaving little margin for error.


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