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TOEFL iBT

IELTS

Test Format

4 hours – Listening, Reading Speaking and Writing

2.5 hours – Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

Test Specific Differences

-Test-taker must speak into a microphone and recordings are sent to an examiner to mark

-Mainly North American accents used

-Mainly multiple choice questions.

-Test-taker speaks face-to-face with an examiner

-Range of international accents used

-Different question types including multiple

Scoring

30 points per section (120 total)

9 point scale with halfway points in between

What does this mean?

TOEFL iBT

IELTS

0 - 8

0 – 1.10

9 - 18

1.0 – 1.5

19 - 29

2.0 – 2.5

30 - 40

3.0 – 3.5

41 - 52

4.0

53 - 64

4.5 – 5.0

65 - 78

5.5 – 6.0

79 - 95

6.5 – 7.0

97 - 120

7.5 – 9.0

Top Score = 120

Top Score = 9

Both TOEFL & IELTS scores have a TWO year validity period.

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