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Are IELTS and TOEFL having difference for the purpose they're taken?Which one is preferable?

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Hi :) I am currently studying in 12th std and I want to pursue my Undergraduate education in a college in USA. I decided to take IELTS but some people told me to take TOEFL instead of IELTS. I am in confusion as to take which of them. Are both the same or any different in the purpose for which they're taken? Which is more suitable for me? Thank You.

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Dear Sakura 


Both TOEFL and IELTS serve the same purpose establish your language profeciency to apply to universities abroad and test the same four skills Readling listening, writing and speaking , earlier TOEFL was more acceptable in USA and IELTS in other countries like UK , AUS and NZ , CA . You will find a differnce in the accent used in the listentng section for both , in IELTS it is british english that is used 

These days both are accepted by most universities so no worries

You can check the format on www and and take the test that is easier for you .

hope that helps 

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hello!!! i am a 2nd year mechanical engineering student & am planning to go to abroad for my masters. which tests are required to be cleared for studying in USA & UK. I shall be obliged with anykind of help.

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Dear Hudipta 

 Good to hear from you

 Since you are aiming for your Masters Studies in Mechanical Engineering in USA or UK , you need to appear for two types of tests

aptitude entrance which has Verbal , Quant and Analytical skills i.e GRE test , by registering and preparing on the GRE,org official website 

this test can be taken even this year since the scores are valid for 5 years  the other test is the language test you can take either TOEFL test  refer OR the IELTS test refer  these are  language profeciency test , these can be taken in the 3rd year since the scores are valid for only 2 years

Hope this clarifies your doubts on the exams needed to secure a MS admit

All the best 



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