The iBT TOEFL exam is the gold standard for international students who wish to demonstrate their English skills and gain access to universities in English-speaking countries. However, ESL students may also wish to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Thousands of organizations worldwide accept IELTS scores, including businesses, government agencies, professional organizations, and universities.

Which Test Version Should I Take?

There are two versions of the IELTS. The version you should take depends upon your goals for taking the test. If you wish to use your IELTS scores to gain admittance to a university or college, you should take the Academic test. If you wish to apply to an occupational training program or a job that requires English skills, you should take the General Training test.

What is the Format of the Test?

The format of the IELTS is very similar to the format of the iBT TOEFL exam. The IELTS consists of four parts. Thirty minutes are allotted for the listening section and 60 minutes are allowed for the reading section. You’ll have 60 minutes for the writing section. All three of these sections are taken in one session. You may also take the speaking section on the same day or you may take it within seven days of the other portions. The speaking section lasts 11 to 14 minutes.

How Should I Prepare for the Test?

Just like the iBT TOEFL exam, you can prepare for the test by taking ESL classes at an English school. It’s recommended that you begin studying for the test well in advance to get the best possible score. Additionally, strengthen your English skills by taking practice IELTS tests.

ASC English offers an intensive ESL class schedule to help students improve their English skills for general, academic, and business use. After taking our English programs, students are sure to find that they can reach their target scores on the iBT TOEFL exam or IELTS. If you would like more information about enrolling in our English program in Boston, call (617) 860-3212.