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What is TOEFL and how does it differ from IELTS?

The Article explain about the difference between TOEFL and IELTS, ideal marks, difficulty level and examination costs.

Priyanka Karunan | 03 Jul 2013 | Updated on 05 Dec 2014 | 1K Views
Here Gigeo of IMTP Consultancy explains the difference between the TOEFL and the IELTS exam. TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language is one of the oldest language testing systems in the world and is offered by ETS in the US while IELTS is offered by the British Council.
IELTS is a pen and paper examination while TOEFL is completely an internet based examination. The invigilator does not sit with the student during the test. 
But in an IELTS exam, the invigilator sits with the student across the table and takes feedback.
TOEFL and IELTS have the same sections i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking.

There is hardly any difference between the two.

As he mentioned earlier an Indian student coming from an English medium school might not have much trouble while facing the test. But a student from a suburban area might find it a little difficult. Therefore they might require a two to three month preparation in advance.

Most universities require a score of 79/120 for TOEFL and a 6/9 for IELTS.
But if a student scores less he/she is given the opportunity to improve by enrolling up for a pre-sessional English course. Taking up such courses might be expensive but if one has enough money it would be helpful in improving one’s knowledge levels.
He suggests students to enroll in any of the local training centres incase they require training. These centres might charge up to Rs. 5000 and would be reasonable for people who cannot afford such courses in the UK.
The next video explains the different types of funding options available for Indian students to study abroad.


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