IELTS vs TOEFL at a Glance

Most of the US universities and community colleges require international applicants whose native language is not English to take an English proficiency test (IELTS or TOEFL).

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IELTS vs TOEFL at a Glance




Test Time
240 minutes174 minutes
Format & Content
4 sections:

– Reading: 60-80 minutes
– Listening: 60-90 minutes
– Speaking: 20 minutes
– Writing: 50 minutes

4 sections:

– Reading: 60 minutes
– Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time)
– Speaking: 11-14 minutes
– Writing: 60 minutes

Question Style
Mainly multiple-choice questionsQuestions vary in structure
Total score: 0-120

– Reading: 0-30
– Listening: 0-30
– Speaking: 0-30
– Writing: 0-30

Overall band score: 1-9

– Each of the section scores is equally weighted. The overall band score is the average of the 4 section scores
– Overall band scores are reported to the nearest whole / half band

Speaking Section
– Student have to answer 6 question into a microphone. No face-to-face contact with the examiner
– Held on the same day with the written tests
– Student have to take the test with an examiner face-to-face
– The test may be held before or after the written tests
Widely accepted by US universities. Also accepted by many universities in the UK, Australia, Canada, New ZealandWidely accepted by universities in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. Also accepted by many US universities
Test Schedule
Up to 4 times per month
– Comfortable with Americna English
– Type fast as to handle the writing section
– Not exclusive for British English
– Comfortable with face-to-face speaking
Registration 3-4 months before the test date is recommendedRegistration opens 3-4 months before the test date.
Score Available
13 days after the test
US$ 210 (exams taken in Hong Kong)HKD$ 2,010


More Information about IELTS:

  • Information for Candidates Booklet
  • Notice to Candidates
  • Test Day Flow Chart
  • Arrangements in Case of Bad Weather
  • Test Venues
  • British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
  • Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, NT
  • Eaton Hotel Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon
  • Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
  • New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon
  • Regal Kowloon Hotel, 71 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
  • Regal Riverside Hotel, 34 – 36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin, NT
  • Royal Plaza Hotel, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon
  • The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
  • Dates and Fee

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  • The name must be the same as the name on your HKID / passport and must appear in the same order. (姓名必須與香港身份證或護照上顯示一樣)
  • IELTS written tests are held on Saturday mornings. 雅思筆試在星期六早上舉行