IELTS vs TOEFL: which is better?


If you are applying to university in an English speaking country and English is not your first language, your institution may require you to take a standardised test.

There are two main English language tests widely used around the world, IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). But the big question that faces students is; which one is better?

TOEFL vs IELTS - Before You Start 

University Admissions

Before you decide on which course you will take for your English as a foreign language qualification, if you are applying to study in the UK or in an English speaking country, you must check which qualifications they will accept, as some universities will only accept one or the other. If you are unsure, you can search for the admissions department within the university’s website and email them to find out. The information should be listed on the site as well under course requirements so if you have an idea about which course you would like to take, search for this and it should tell you what you need to know.

Visa Application

If you require a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK, it is recommended that you take IELTS or Pearson’s Test as TOEFL is no longer recognised by the UK Home Office as a Secure English Language Test. If you do not require a visa for your studies, a TOEFL test will be sufficient for your application, as long as your scores meet the entry requirements, which are usually at fixed levels for the University, although some exceptions may apply.

 Compare the IELTS and TOEFL exams