TOEFL vs. IELTS: Which One Should I Take?

You might have heard about the IELTS Preparation course that has started again at MLC recently. But now you have to make the choice of taking TOEFL or IELTS. How do you choose? How are they different? How are they the same? Which one should I take?

Students at MLC most often take these standardized tests in order to have proof of their English proficiency skills when applying for university. Before choosing either test, it is important students research which test schools accept. It is important to note that both tests are accepted by U.S. universities.

Here are some key difference:


  • more academically focused
  • Computer based
  • Speaking portion with a computer
    • 6 different parts
  • Scoring scale: 0 to 120
  • Writing:  integrated and independent portions
    • Integrated: based on a passage or lecture


  • more communication based
  • Paper based
  • Scoring scale: 0 to 6
  • Live speaking interview
    • 3 different parts

Please feel free to contact us with any more questions you may have about TOEFL or IELTS below.


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