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  1. Test Format: IELTS has two formats – Academic and General Training.
    • Academic IELTS assesses English proficiency for academic purposes and includes tasks such as reading academic texts, writing essays, and listening to lectures.
    • General Training IELTS assesses English proficiency for non-academic purposes, such as work or immigration, and includes tasks such as writing a letter or essay, and having a conversation.
  2. Test Sections: IELTS has four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
    • Listening: 40 questions in 30 minutes.
    • Reading: 40 questions in 60 minutes.
    • Writing: 2 tasks (150 and 250 words) in 60 minutes.
    • Speaking: 3 parts (introduction, topic discussion, and discussion) in 11-14 minutes.
  3. Scoring: IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system.
    • Each section (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) is scored on a band of 0-9.
    • The overall band score is the average of the four section scores, rounded up to the nearest half band.
  4. Test Content: IELTS tests a candidate’s ability to communicate in real-life situations and contexts.
    • Listening: Candidates listen to four recorded texts, such as conversations or monologues, and answer questions.
    • Reading: Candidates read three texts, such as newspaper articles or academic texts, and answer questions.
    • Writing: Candidates write a short essay in response to a prompt, and a longer essay on a given topic.
    • Speaking: Candidates have a conversation with an examiner, including answering questions, discussing a topic, and expressing opinions

 EXAM FEE  : 16,250


  1. Test Format: TOEFL is a computer-based test designed for academic purposes.
    • The test includes tasks such as reading academic texts, listening to lectures, and writing essays.
  2. Test Sections: TOEFL has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
    • Reading: 36-56 questions in 60-80 minutes.
    • Listening: 34-51 questions in 60-90 minutes.
    • Speaking: 6 tasks in 20 minutes.
    • Writing: 2 tasks (one integrated, one independent) in 50 minutes.
  3. Scoring: TOEFL uses a scaled score between 0-120.
    • Each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) is scored out of 30.
    • The scores are combined to give a total score out of 120.
  4. Test Content: TOEFL emphasizes academic English.
    • Reading: Candidates read academic texts and answer questions.
    • Listening: Candidates listen to academic lectures and answer questions.
    • Speaking: Candidates record themselves answering questions or giving short speeches, which are then assessed by human raters.
    • Writing: Candidates write essays on academic topics.

EXAM FEE  : 16,134

Overall, both IELTS and TOEFL assess English language proficiency but have slightly different formats, content, and scoring systems. Candidates should consider their individual needs and preferences when choosing which test to take.