The American Institute for English Proficiency gives prospective students a chance to receive private lessons for English-language exams.  If you are going to be tested in academic-level English, you can choose either IELTS or TOEFL.  But what is the difference, and which one should you consider?

The two exams each test the English levels for those who wish to work or study in a country where English is the first language.  They each focus on English usage in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.  But, IELTS, or TOEFL–what’s the difference?



IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.  It is based on British English.  It is therefore mostly used in the U.K. and her former and current colonies and dominions:  Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and others.  Those who desire to get a job or attend a university in one of those nations normally have to take the IELTS.  The IELTS is also offered in two categories: General and Academic.  The General IELTS is more for those who are looking to migrate or work, while the Academic IELTS is for those who are looking to work or study abroad.

The TOEFL, on the other hand, stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language.  It is based on American English.  It is therefore used in the United States of America, and is normally also accepted in Canada.  Those who desire to study in these nations might have to take TOEFL, but this can vary based on an educational institution’s requirements.  TOEFL is only offered in one level, but can be taken by two different methods: Paper-based and Internet-based.

As a tutor for IELTS and TOEFL test-takers, I deem IELTS to be less difficult in the Speaking and Writing, while TOEFL is less difficult in the Listening and Reading.

But keep in mind that no matter which you choose, the specialists at the American Institute for English Proficiency in Makati and Quezon City, Philippines can make you ready and confident for it!  Here is the link to the next IELTS Masterclass:

  • Reggie Meriales Aiep

    Many of my friends who wants to migrate to other countries usually need IELTS, and I only know a handful who actually told me they needed to take TOEFL.

  • Liz Orale Aiep

    It all depends on the requirements. But if either TOEFL or IELTS is needed, then it can be a tough decision. TOEFL iBT is computer based where American English is used, while British English is used in IELTS where the candidate is given pen-and-paper exam. They both focus on the candidate’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. I’m happy that almost all my students have gotten the band scores they needed in order to move on with their careers and studies abroad. If you’re thinking of taking the IELTS just think… ithey can do it, you can do it too! 😀

  • Wyn Inocentes-Aiep

    It is important to find out why you are taking these standardized English tests. What is your purpose? Is it for work or for education? Where are you working or studying? If you are studying, what university? What do they require? What kind of job? What do they require before you get the permit to work? These are very important to note before making a decision. Rather than blindly deciding which test to take. Devote 4-6 months to study and review.

  • Czaree Deles

    Thank you for this clarification. At the moment, I am thinking on what test to take to level up in my career as an ESL teacher.

  • Adnan Lolgvggv

    I thought It was the opposite: TOEFL is for U.K. And IELTS is for US. Thank you for this article. Now I know more about IELTS and TOEFL. But I noticed that universities in Philippines don’t require nether one of these exams. I wonder why.

    • Sadly, there are many universities that don’t require IELTS or TOEFL because many of them are just interested in having a student enroll. There are many universities who are just interested in making money; putting IELTS and TOEFL requirement would reduce their international student enrollment. Sadly, it is the student that would suffer as they are unable to keep up in the class.