TOEFL/IELTS Review

IELTS

The IELTS (International English Language Test System) is administered by the British Council, the University of Cambridge, and IDP Education Australia. The test primarily uses British English, and, as a result, is most commonly used by people whose destinations are the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The IELTS test can be used to apply for a migrant visa or employer-sponsored work visas, and is also accepted by universities in most English-speaking countries.

The IELTS has two versions: Academic and General. For work and study, participants will need to take the Academic test. The General test is usually used by people who want to migrate for reasons unrelated to work and study and, thus, focuses more on broad, everyday social situations that require English proficiency.

TOEFL

The TOEFL is administered by the ETS (Education Testing Service), which is based in the USA. The TOEFL uses American English and is almost exclusively used for academic purposes. It has only one version, and is accepted by all 100 of the top global universities.

Which one should I take?

Despite having similar purposes, the IELTS and TOEFL actually differ in many ways. They both include four components; speaking, writing, listening, and reading, but there are significant differences between the content and structure of the tests. The IELTS is focused on memory and comprehension, and has a wide variety of question types, while the TOEFL is more focused on logical analysis (owing to its almost exclusive use of multiple-choice questions). The IELTS is completed on paper, while the TOEFL is completed entirely on a computer. The IELTS has two different varieties, while the TOEFL has only one.

Which test you do, though, will depend on where you’re going, why you’re going there, and with which institution you are dealing.

Objectives

Your objective will depend entirely on your situation.

Your chosen institution may be a university, employer, or government. Whichever it is, they will tell you which test you need to take and what score you need to achieve. It is our job to give you a pre-assessment to get a good idea of your level, adjudge whether or not your target is realistic, and decide how we can go about achieving it together.

Outline

  • Pre-assessment (Full Test).
  • Speaking Test:

    • o Dos and Don’ts
    • o How to speak comfortably and confidently
    • o How to organize your thoughts and know what you’re going to say
    • o Spoken grammar and pronunciation
    • o Practice/Mock tests.
  • Writing Test:

    • o Dos and Don’ts
    • o How to organize your thoughts and follow an outline
    • o How to structure your answers
    • o Written Grammar.
    • o Timing.
    • o Practice/Mock tests.
  • Listening Test:

    • o Dos and Don’ts
    • o How to identify and understand accents.
    • o Synonyms
    • o Question types and how to deal with them.
    • o How to make the most of your time.
    • o Practice/Mock tests.
  • Reading Test:

    • o Dos and Don’ts.
    • o Academic vs. General.
    • o How to use your time.
    • o The order in which to do things
    • o How to deal with certain questions types.
    • o Common errors.
    • o Practice/Mock tests.
  • Post-assessment (Full Test).