IELTS or International English Language Testing System,is an international standardised test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd and was established in 1989.
There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from “band 1” (“non-user”) to “band 9” (“expert user”) and each institution sets a different threshold. There is also a “band 0” score for those who did not attempt the test. The test is valid for two years.
IELTS MODULE AND DETAIL
TASK DESCRIPTION TIME
LISTENING 4 sections 40 questions 60 minutes
READING 4 sections 40 questions 60 minutes
WRITING Two Tasks Task One: Report writing Task Two: Essay writing 20 minute 40 minutes
SPEAKING 3 sections 10-15 minutes
The TOEFL formally known as Test Of English as a Foreign Language, is a test of an individual’s ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. The test is designed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and TOEFL is a registered trademark of ETS. It was developed to address the problem of ensuring English language proficiency for non-native speakers wishing to study at U.S. universities. It has become an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. TOEFL scores are valid for two years, after then they are no longer reported.
TOFEL MODULE AND DETAILS
TASK DESCRIPTION TIME
BREAK - 10 minutes
LISTENING 6-9 passages each containing 5-6 questions 60-90 minutes
READING 4 sections 40 questions 60-100 minutes
SPEAKING 6 tasks 20 minutes
WRITING 2 tasks 20 minutes