The decision is made – you want to study abroad. You have chosen where and you selected what. Now you have to pass the required exam in the appropriate language. When it comes to English-language programs, the choice is usually between IELTS or TOEFL iBT. Required for both bachelor and master’s degrees. The only difference is the required points you need to cover.
TOEFL iBT and IELTS
The main difference is that TOEFL iBT is American and IELTS is a British exam. In 99% of universities they accept both certificates, the question is to choose the one you will do better.
In general, TOEFL iBT is easier. On the one hand, because it tests American English, on the other, because it does not test specific knowledge, specific topics, grammar rules, etc.
If you have the confidence that you have a good command of English, you will only need to know the form of the exam and you are ready to appear. While IELTS requires a little more in-depth training and tests British English accordingly.
However, TOEFL iBT is a more stressful exam. And no matter how good you speak English, you are likely to worry about the computer and the people around you who are talking at one and the same time. This is also the reason why often the same person is taking twice the exam and the result of the second time is ~ 10 points higher. While the speaking section at IELTS is a real test, many applicants report as a plus.
Another major difference between the two exams is appearance dates. For TOEFL iBT, the opportunities are much more – both as dates and as centers where you can pass the exam.
How is the CAE? A certificate that is somewhat approaching difficulty to IELTS but, unlike it, TOEFL iBT is valid for life, instead of just two years.
Keep in mind, however, that:
1) they do not recognize it everywhere,
2) if they usually recognize it, it is the requirement that you take it with “A”
3) whether it is valid for life when it comes to applying for a job, the condition to have it the last 2 years remains.
The difference in one word – CAE is a certificate, TOEFL iBT and IELTS are exams.
Tip: Look for free internet tests for Toefl and IELTS. This makes it easy to find out which one you would achieve a higher score.
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