The IELTS and the TOEFL are two of the international exams of English proficiency required by numerous institutions for non-native English speaking candidates. The IELTS and the TOEFL are accepted in many countries particularly in the United States, in the United Kingdom, in Australia, in New Zealand, and in Canada. These examinations are usually required from candidates who wish to study, work, or migrate abroad.
But how does the IELTS and TOEFL work? Are they directly connected to the institutions and countries candidates wish to penetrate? Here are some insights on how these exams are operated.
- 1. The institution (school, workplace, consultancy, agency, or embassy) asks candidates to take an English proficiency exam. There are several English proficiency exams in the market that one can choose from, but candidates will have to comply with the test requirement of the institution which requires them to take the test. IELTS and TOEFL are the most popular English exams so far. In some cases, institutions will give candidates the opportunity to choose which exam to take.
- 2. The institution determines the score requirement. The score requirement is determined by the institution depending on different factors. For instance, in migration, age, educational and work background, and existence of family in the country that candidates want to migrate to are considered. Each of these are given points. The IELTS or TOEFL score serves as points as well. If the scores in the other criteria are not very good, then the IELTS or TOEFL requirement would be higher. In terms of studying, the score would depend on the course the student wishes to take and the school the student wants to enroll in. For instance, a student who wishes to take a Masters Degree in journalism might be required a Band 8 across the board for the IELTS, whereas someone who wishes to take a 2-year diploma course may only need a 5. Usually, colleges of higher standing such as Cambridge University would require higher scores.
- 3. The examinations are administered by specific organizations. The IELTS or TOEFL is not administered by the institution that requires it. TOEFL is given by ETS and the IELTS is administered by either the British Council or the IDP. Should you need these English examinations, you must register with those institutions.
- 4. The test administrators send out the test result forms which would then be assessed by the institutions requiring the English exam…and if you get the required score, then all is well.
English exams such as the IELTS and TOEFL are important requirements for those who wish to study, work, or migrate in English-speaking countries. This is why it is also essential that candidates know how these tests work.