As it is often up to the English test taker to decide which of these two (or three as IELTS has two versions) exams, here is a guide to making the decision. To begin with, here are some points to take into consideration before you decide whether to take the IELTS or the TOEFL exam. Take note of your answers:

  • Do you need the IELTS or the TOEFL for academic English?

  • Are you more comfortable with North American or British / UK accents?

  • Do you feel more comfortable with a wide range of North American vocabulary and idiomatic expressions or British English vocabulary and idiomatic expressions?

  • Can you type relatively fast?

  • Do you want to finish the test as quickly as possible?

  • Do you feel comfortable with a wide range of question types?

IELTS vs TOEFL: Similarities. Both test the four main language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. They are both standardised tests which- in theory- means that the scores are consistent throughout the world.

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