Both the IELTS and the TOEFL are English language assessments that students from international schools are required to take in order to be admitted to a UK or US University, as well as many other institutions worldwide. Although the tests are more or less of the same level, there are very important differences between them.

The IELTS is a paper based examination, comprised of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The first three sections are taken on the same day whereas the speaking is taken on a different day. The IELTS is graded out of 9 and most Universities usually require a grade 6 or above.

The TOEFL is a computer based examination, also including Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing sections. It is graded out of 120 and all sections are taken on the same day. Universities usually accept students who score a 75 or above.

For more details, please view the table below:

Listening (30 minutes-4 sections) Listening (60-90 minutes- 6-9 sections)
Reading (1 hour- 3 sections) Reading (60-80 minutes-3-4 passages)
Writing (1 hour- 2 sections) Writing (50 minutes-2 sections)
Speaking (11-14 minutes- 3 sections) Speaking (20 minutes-6 sections)