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Move Over TOEFL…


This likely will not come as a surprise to most professionals in the ESL industry, but IELTS is beginning to compete with TOEFL in the United States.

IELTS has traditionally been used in the Commonwealth countries (with the exception of Canada), while the US has favored TOEFL results.

While many Ivy League schools have been using IELTS over the past couple of years, Yale is the most recent university accepting both test results from overseas students. Surprisingly, Harvard requires no English-language proficiency assessment for undergrads.

IELTS has generally been considered a more thorough test due to its face-to-face interview, not part the TOEFL exam. In addition, IELTS is more user-friendly, thus reducing stress so perhaps resulting in truer results.

According to the IELTS organization, more than 2,000 faculties, colleges and universities in the Staes accept IELTS scores.

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