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.

Do I Need to Take the TOEFL?

Taking the TOEFL is no small undertaking. Before you commit, you should be sure of your need for the test, the time frame in which to take it, and how well your current English level matches the requirements of your program. You want to have concrete (and attainable) goals, and, if possible, you want to […]

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If you’re applying to an undergraduate program, you will probably have to submit scores for both the TOEFL and the SAT (or ACT). In some ways, this system is redundant: as I mentioned in my post on standardized test writing sections, there’s practically no difference when you compare the independent task on the TOEFL vs. […]

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Comparing the Writing Sections of Standardized Tests

Technically, a standardized test should only contain questions that have definite right and wrong answers. But over time, people realized that these types of questions aren’t always great at predicting how well a person knows something. Writing, for example, is notoriously hard to objectively assess.  That’s why it wasn’t until recently that essay portions of […]

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