The TOEFL iBT Test and the IELTS measure students’ abilities to use and understand English. Each exam evaluates listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills so as to assess the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

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TOEFL:

The TOEFL consists of:

  • Reading section: read 3-4 passages, answer 36-56 questions (60-80 minutes)
  • Listening section: listen to lectures and discussions then answer 34-51 questions (60-90 minutes)
  • Speaking: 6 tasks to express an opinion about a familiar topic and/or respond to questions based on reading and listening tasks (20 minutes) *this is computer recorded
  • Writing: 1 essay based on reading and listening tasks, 1 essay to support an opinion (50 minutes)

Learn more about and register for the TOEFL here.

IELTS:

Test takers can choose between two versions of the test – Academic or General Training – depending on their visa requirements and/or their academic or professional aims. These versions differ only in the Reading and Writing components.

The IELTS consists of:

  • Listening: Listen to 4 recorded texts, monologues, and conversations then answer questions (30 minutes)
    • Task 1: everyday social conversation between 2 people
    • Task 2: monologue with everyday social context
    • Task 3: conversation between 2-4 people in an academic or training context
    • Task 4: monologue on an academic subject
  • Reading: 40 questions (60 minutes)
    • Academic: 3 long tests taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers
    • General Training: extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, and company resources
  • Writing: 2 tasks (60 minutes)
    • Academic:
      • Task 1: summarize a graph, table, chart, or diagram
      • Task 2: respond to a point of view, argument, or problem
    • General Training:
      • Task 1: write a letter requesting information or explaining a situation
      • Task 2: respond to a point of view, argument, or problem
  • Speaking: completed as a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner and also recorded (11-14 minutes)
    • Task 1: general question about yourself (speak for 4-5 minutes)
    • Task 2: response about a particular topic (1 minute to prepare, speak for up to 2 minutes, then answer 1-2 questions from Examiner)
    • Task 3: answer questions connected to Task 2 (4-5 minutes)

Learn more about and register for the IELTS here.

The practice tests below include scripts for the listening portions of the assessment. For a more accurate testing experience, consider hiring a tutor to read scripts like these to you during test prep sessions, to analyze your responses in the speaking section, and to critique your essays.

IELTS Guide and Practice Tests

2000 IETLS Useful Exercises

IELTS Reading Practice Test

1997 Cambridge IELTS Practice Test

2005 Pearson IELTS Practice Tests

2009 IELTS Practice Tests

IELTSpodcast.com

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