Archive | The TOEFL vs. Other Tests

Should you take the TOEFL or the IELTS? If you need to take the TOEFL and the SAT or GRE, how are these tests similar and different? How do TOEFL scores compare to CEFR levels? Read these articles to decide which tests you need to take, and to understand how the TOEFL compares to other standardized tests.

TOEFL Alternatives

There are a lot of schools that draw a hard line when it comes to the TOEFL—they really want to see TOEFL scores for admissions, and nothing else will do. But there are also quite a few schools and other agencies that see the TOEFL as one of several ways to prove English ability. In […]

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Figuring Out a US University’s English Language Testing Requirements

Rachel recently posted about engineering programs that don’t accept the IELTS. In her post, she points out a case where the IELTS website says a university accepts their exam, but the university itself does not say that. Rachel then correctly reminds students to trust a university’s admissions website over any external source. To know what […]

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TOEFL and IELTS Score Comparison

We’ve already written a post about the differences between the content of the two exams, TOEFL and IELTS. We’ve also covered which exam is harder (answer: it depends on your skills!). But, you might still be curious about how scores on the two exams compare. Maybe your TOEFL score doesn’t meet the minimum requirement for […]

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Top US Engineering Programs That Do NOT Accept IELTS Scores

As you all surely know, if you’re an international student and you want to study in the US, you’ll need to take an English language proficiency exam as part of your university applications. But, which exam should you take? We’ve already written a comparison of the content on the TOEFL and IELTS, as well as […]

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The Step Eiken Exam

This post is for all of you Magooshers who speak Japanese, either as a first or second language. If you already know Japanese and need to take an English proficiency exam, the Step Eiken may be a good exam for you to take. This is especially true if you’re considering English language study in Japan. […]

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How to Compare the TOEFL and CEFR

There are a lot of different tests and scales out there to assess your language skills — the TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, the Pearson Test of English. The list goes on! For our students in Europe, you are all probably very familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or, CEFR for short). According to […]

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TOEFL Tuesday: How the TOEFL and IELTS Differ

  This Tuesday, I’m writing about not only the TOEFL, but also IELTS. The two tests have one core aspect in common: they are academic tests of advanced English, used for university admissions. (There is also a “general English” IELTS, but I’m writing about the academic stream today.) There are some big differences between the […]

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Should you take the TOEFL or the TOEIC? What are the differences between the two tests?  The TOEIC focuses on business English. It is generally thought of as a work-related English proficiency exam. However, a surprising number of US universities and degree programs will accept the TOEIC as an alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS. […]

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