Listening @ IELTS Or TOEFL?


IELTS and TOEFL are two English language testing exams. Although they both are worldwide acclaimed, students do get confused whether to take IELTS or TOEFL! Well, for today lets find out the difference between the listening section of IELTS and TOEFL.
The listening section lasts for 30 minutes. This section tests your ability to understand the main ideas while listening, understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers. It is tested whether you can figure out the purpose of the talk. There are four sections to it-:
1.A conversation; It will be a conversation between two people, the one you usually have in everyday social connect.
2.A monologue; It could be a speech regarding the general, the usual social facilities provided.
3.A conversation among four people, set in some educational or business context.
4.A monologue on academic subject, could be a university lecture.

In the listening section of TOEFL, you will encounter two types of languages being used-:
1.Informal-: It would include general daily like conversations; may be a conversation of university students or professor.
2.Formal-: This includes lectures on particular topics.
The entire listening section lasts for 40-60 minutes. There are 2-3 conversational passages and 4-6 lectures. The questions appear while you are listening and so you don’t have time to read the questions before hand.

Focus on what you want. Listen well. Don’t panic and remember, once you decide, there should be no stopping.



TOEFL-: The writing section in the TOEFL lasts for 50 minutes. It measures your skills when it comes to communicating well organized essays. You are checked on your grammar, spelling, vocabulary and sentence structure.
There are two writing task-:
1.Integrated writing-:In this section, you will be given a reading passage and a listening passage. You are expected to make notes of them. You need to then write an essay explaining whether the two i.e. the reading and the listening are similar or different. The essay is about 150-225 words. You are given 20 minutes.
2.Independent writing-:In this section you are given a topic and you need to write an essay in about 300-350 words.

IELTS-: The writing section of IELTS lasts for 60 minutes.
Academic-: It consists of two tasks-:
1.You would be given a chart or a diagram. You need to explain it in an essay.
2.You will be given a point of view or an argument. You need to write an essay in a response to them.
General-: The writing section of general has two parts-:
1.You would be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter explaining the situation. The letter could be formal, informal or semi-formal.
2.An essay has to be written in response to a particular argument or point of view. It could be although a little personal as compared to that of academic.

Figure out which of the above suits you best. Remember, it is not about the test you take but which test is more suitable to you. Go on, write, express yourself and fly high.

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Speaking @IELTS Or TOEFL?

IELTS speaking section lasts for 12 to 14 minutes. It takes place in the presence of an examiner. Your test is recorded and it is made sure that you are spontaneous. It takes place in three parts.
It begins with the examiner asking you general questions about you. This lasts for four to five minutes.
After this usually a small talk takes place between you and the examiner, which eventually leads to a lengthy discussion on a particular topic.

Speaking section in the TOEFL lasts for about 20 minutes. There are six tasks that take place to find out how well versed you are in speaking. The first two tasks are independent. So, there are questions related to you. Your experience, your life and general stuff about you.
The next four sections are integrated. In the first two you have a reading passage, usually short and a listening section. You need to remember them and then speak about them. You have got 30 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to speak.
In the next two sections, you listen to a conversation or a lecture and then you are asked to speak on a question asked related to it. You have 20 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak.

Decide well. Remember your choices and define your destiny. Make sure you have unique choices. Work hard, work smart, speak well, and achieve your goal.

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Reading @IELTS Or TOEFL ?

Reading section is although common in both the exams, there is certain amount of difference on how both of them, test your skill.

TOEFL-: There are three to five sections of twenty minutes each. The reading material is academic in nature. The questions asked are of multiple choices. The reading passage deals with topics you would study in your initial years in university. For example-: natural sciences, social sciences, business or arts. You need not to know about these topics. What TOEFL checks is, whether you can understand a completely different topic or not. You are required to attempt all the sections of it. Although there might be a chance that you are not graded on one of them. They could be used for experimental reasons.

IELTS-:  The reading sections consist of 40 questions. There will be variety of questions asked in order to check your various reading skills like skimming, reading for detail, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitude etc.

There are two versions to it-:

IELTS Academic-:  It includes three long texts. They could range from descriptive to factual to discursive or analytical. The texts are usually taken from books, magazines or journals. These are selected for non-specialist audience but are perfect for those trying to enter into a university.

IELTS General-: The reading material in this module includes general materials available. For example, magazines, advertisements, newspapers, handbooks, guidelines etc. You would be usually reading extracts of these. They would be what you are likely to encounter in your daily life.

No matter what test you take, to get high marks in reading section, all you need to do is read, read a lot, enjoy it and read more.


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