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Difference between GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS

The difference between GRE,TOEFL and IELTS. All 3 of these tests will help you to gain admission into foreign English institutions (colleges and universities). The minimum requirement to enter into the institutions (colleges and universities). This is everything you need to know about GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS.

Firstly what is GRE? Well, GRE is Graduate Record Examination.

So who should be taking the exam? For those students who are pursuing Masters / PhD studies in USA (Except MBA courses as they require GMAT) required to take the general GRE test as this is the basic requirements to enter into majority USA colleges and universities.

Do you know what kind of test GRE is testing you? The GRE General Test will measure your language skill that is not related to any specific field of study. The GRE test has 3 sections to be completed within 4 hours.

• Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively. The writing consists of 2 parts:-
I. Analysis of an issue (45 minutes)
II. Analysis of an argument (30 minutes)

• Verbal Reasoning (28 Questions) — Measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills, focusing on the test taker's ability to analyze and evaluate written material (you have 45 minutes).

• Quantitative Reasoning (30 Questions) — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis (you have 30 minutes)

There is a limitation that is the number of times you can take for the exam is only once in a calendar month and a maximum of five times in a year.

The total maximum marks of GRE general tests are 1600.

The GRE score is only valid for 5 years; it is much longer than TOEFL (2 years) and IELTS (2 years).


TOEFL is known as Test of English Language as Foreign Language.

Who should be taking the test? TOEFL act as the basic admission requirement in foreign college and universities especially Canada and UK. It also help you to evaluate your English proficiency before commencing the English courses.

Do you know how the TOEFL will be testing on you? The test is around 4 hours and 30 minutes and you have 4 sections, where each of the sections must be completed within the time frame. There are Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing sections.

The TOEFL test is offered in two formats: the TOEFL iBT, administered in an internet-based format, or the TOEFL PBT, administered in an internet-based format. The format you take depends on the location of your test center.

• The TOEFL iBT test is offered 30 – 40 times a year at more than 4,500 authorized test centers throughout the world. Most test takers take the internet-based test.

• The TOEFL PBT test is offered six times a year in areas where Internet-based testing is not available.

The limitation is the number of times you can take the exam is once in a calendar month and a maximum of five times a year.

What is the Maximum TOEFL Score?

The maximum TOEFL score is 677 for paper-based test and 120 for TOEFL iBT.

The score valid for TOEFL is 2 years same as IELTS.

What is IELTS? IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. The IELTS test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. IELTS have 4 sections which are Listening, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Speaking sections. The IELTS candidates are evaluated on a scale of 9 or 9 bands.

TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT
Source:-
http://www.ets.org/gre/general/about
http://www.ets.org/toefl/why
http://www.careermakers.net/
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