Guest Post: What’s the difference between IELTS and TOEFL?


In an international world, the key for many young people wishing to get on in the modern age lies in language. All over the world, from Brazil to Belgium, young adults are learning new languages with the intention of broadening their horizons.

With the possibility of choosing from an IELTS, TOEFL or other language courses, you have an array of options to choose from when it comes to English proficiency.

First of all, it is imperative to outline what each one entails.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a UKBA-approved English language qualification and is recognised all over the world, including at UK universities.

Offered at three different levels, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced, the IELTS preparation course is completely flexible and can be tailored to fit your demands and needs. You will be tested on four key aspects of the English language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each of these can be aided and abetted by hour-long sessions focusing on specific aspects of the course, which enable you to work on your weaknesses without having to waste time on something you are already good at.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation course is targeted at those wishing to obtain the best possible score in their TOEFL iBT exam. The test is designed to assess those wishing to read, speak and write English at university level, by thoroughly assessing their capabilities in each of those areas with a number of academic tasks.

Both courses have maximum class sizes of just 16 people, so you will get your fair amount of attention. The IELTS course, starting every Monday, takes two weeks to complete whilst the TOEFL course takes just half that time: one week in all.

To get you really up to scratch and in the best possible shape to take the exam, here are a few basic exam tips.

1. Get plenty of sleep
This isn't to say you should be spending 18-20 hours of each day snoozing, but a good, proper night's sleep does wonders for the brain.

2. Eat well
Healthy, nutritious food helps you to sleep properly, stay awake at the right times and keep your mind focused on the task at hand.

3. Don't stress
Worrying never helped anyone. Stay calm, stay cool and try to relax.


Katarina Gradziel

Written by Katarina Gradziel, sent by Content Amp. A recent graduate who moved to the UK from Poland, Katarina successfully passed the TEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and now offers regular study help and advice to those looking to follow in her footsteps. She is multilingual with Polish her mother tongue and English a secondary language.

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