Do I need English language certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)?

Lena Heckmann & John Roman, U-Multirank

November 12, 2019 09:55 AM (CET)

Which abilities are tested during the IELTS and TOEFL (English language certificates) exams?


Which abilities are tested during the IELTS and TOEFL (English language certificates) exams?

To receive an English language certificate like the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), four parts of the language are tested, including:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

The English certificate TOEFL is more standard in academia and is widely requested around the world. The test takes about four hours and is internet-based. It can be taken in numerous test centres worldwide and is equally combined out of the aforementioned parts.

IELTS is an English-certificate recognised in all English-speaking countries and is also accepted for many English-taught programmes around the world. It is often required as language proof for certain working permits as well as for immigration purposes. The test duration takes about three hours. Tests can be taken in over 500 test centres worldwide and in contrast to TOEFL, the speaking part is conducted face-to-face with a certified examiner. For studying abroad, other language certificates may be required, for example the CAE (Cambridge English Examination) which is mainly used in the UK


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