Every student who intends to attend a university not Italian is forced to support the English test to gain access. So, the main problem that arises for most students, is that the choice of the test best bet for admission in a foreign university: IELTS or TOEFL? In today’s article, I will try to explain as clearly can these two types of tests. Start by saying that many academic institutions accept both the TOEFL or IELTS as proof of language certification. A first difference between the two is that IELTS is a test of the University of Cambridge, and the TOEFL is “administered” by ETS (American company based in New Jersey). While, as regards their validity , the result achieved in TOEFL is valid for 2 years, while IELTS has no deadlines.


IELTS vs TOEFL: factors to consider when choosing

1. You, like most American English or British? If you feel more comfortable with the British English (or Australian) is obviously advisable to do the IELTS. This test, in fact, refers to the vocabulary and British accent. If you love and you more familiar with the American accent, is preferable to the TOEFL.

2. Ability to “stop” buttons. The test in writing TOEFL requires ability to fast typing keys on the computer. If you are not familiar with the computer keyboard, I suggest you do the IELTS, partly because the possible meaning of handwriting can save you much time.

3. Duration of the test. If you are a nervous type, suffer from “test anxiety” or just want the exam lasts as little as possible, keep in mind that the TOEFL takes about 4 hours! IELTS, however, is shorter: 2 hours and 45 minutes. Always remember that “short” is not always easy!

4. Diversity of questions. The TOEFL is formed mainly by multiple choice questions. IELTS, however, is made ​​up of different types of questions: multiple choice, fill empty space, exercises connection, etc. If you are not particularly brought to the multiple choice questions, the TOEFL test is definitely not for you!

5. Ability to take notes. A good ability to take notes will be important for both the IELTS TOEFL. However, it will have a greater impact on the TOEFL exam, because it’s the “listening” is very much based on the ability to take notes after listening to an audio track. In IELTS, however, you will be required to answer questions without (necessarily) memorize the answers.