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The Difference between IELTS and TOEFL

If you need to prove your English level then you have to take one of these exams. You can use the test result for a Bachelor degree, Master degree or for a company. I am sure that you already know where to use test result but you need to learn which test you should take? Let’s look at the differences between IELTS and TOEFL.

IELTS is an exam that Cambridge University prepare

Maybe the most important difference is this. If you want to take IELTS you have to know that its British based exam. On the other hand, TOEFL is an American based exam.

Before taking one of these exams, you have to know the differences between American English and British English. Most courses don’t talk about this case. But it is very important for the exam result.

Which test is easier ? IELTS or TOEFL

If you ask me this question, I would definitely say IELTS is harder than TOEFL. Because in IELTS, you have to use papers for the answer and it is a bit hard to change the answers sometimes. But in TOEFL, you use a computer for the answer and it is really easy to check and change your answers.

Also, for me, American English is easier than British English. American culture has more slangs and street language. That is why American English has developed over the years by this slang effects. On the other hand, British culture and language are more sophisticated. And British people use grammar more than Americans. Due to this fact, In IELTS exam, You need to be more careful about the grammar.

In addition, in TOEFL exam’s speaking section, you speak with a person on a computer so, I think that makes a bit harder to understand each other. In IELTS exam, you speak with a person face to face. Seeing someone in front of you makes you relax. That is why the speaking section is easier for the IELTS test.

How long does the tests take?

The IELTS takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. The TOEFL takes 4 hours.


*Listening: 30 minutes

*Reading: 60 minutes

*Writing: 60 minutes

*Speaking: 11-14 minutesĀ 


*Reading: 60-80 minutes

*Listening: 60-90 minutes

*Speaking: 20 minutes

*Writing: 50 minutes

Which Test is the Cheapest one?

IELTS cost around 215$ – 245$ and TOEFL cost around 200$ – 300$. The prices are changeable for the different countries.

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