The difference between IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge

There are multiple English language exams. Many people wonder what the difference between these exams are. This article gives you a description of both General English exams and college or university entrance exams. Hopefully it will clarify what each course consists of and is suitable for. This will then help you when deciding which course to follow at Babel.

Should you still have any questions concerning the exams, please feel free to contact us on info@babel.nl.

The exams

There are roughly five exams you can choose from:

IELTS | TOEFL | Cambridge First | Cambridge Advanced | Cambridge Proficiency

IELTS exam

The IELTS exam is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

IELTS was developed in the UK, but is widely accepted by educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies that require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. In fact, IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

You can select the module that suits your goals, either Academic or General Training. The exam includes speaking (face-to-face interview with examiner), writing, listening and reading. Results are obtained within 13 days and the results are valid for 2 years after the test date.

For more detailed information consult this article.

TOEFL

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at university level. It also evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.
The exam is suitable for students planning to study at a higher education institution, for admission to an English language programme, students and workers visa applications.
The exam is computer-based testing speaking, writing, listening and reading skills online. TOEFL test scores are valid for 2 years after test date.
TOEFL was developed in the USA, but more than 9,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL® scores. Immigration agencies which issue residential and work visas, and medical and licensing agencies also use TOEFL® for professional certification purposes.

For more detailed information consult this website

Cambridge First Certificate

Cambridge English: First (FCE) is an upper-intermediate level language qualification. It proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study courses taught in academic or professional institutions.
Cambridge English: First is recognised by thousands of educational institutions, employers, governments and other organisations throughout the world.
Achieving the Cambridge English: First level shows you are able to write simple reports and give clear presentations on familiar topics. For this reason, top international companies all have employees who have taken the exam. 

Cambridge Advanced

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is an academic English exam, providing students with the English skills and high level of fluency required to succeed at college or university on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The Cambridge Advanced exam also enables you to communicate effectively at work and participate confidently in meetings or during academic tutorials and seminars.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is accepted around the world by over 6,000 institutions, governments and employers.
These are just a few of the leading organisations that accept Cambridge English: Advanced: University of Manchester, UK • University of Toronto, Canada • Northeastern University, USA • University of Melbourne, Australia • Dell • Nestlé The exam is also accepted in Ireland and Australia for visa applications.

Cambridge Proficiency

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification proves you have mastered English to a very high level. It shows you can communicate with the fluency, ease and level of a highly competent English speaker.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) is recognised around the world and enhances a student’s prospects for postgraduate study and employment at the highest levels. These are just a few of the leading organisations that accept Cambridge English: Proficiency: University of Oxford, UK , University of Queensland, Australia, University of British Columbia, Canada, University of Idaho, USA Coca-Cola, Vodafone.

The exam is also accepted for student visa applications by INIS in Ireland.
For more detailed information about the above Cambridge exams consult this article.

Please note: it is always important to first check with the institution or job you wish to apply for, or your visa application, exactly which qualification is required. We would also like to emphasise that the courses offered at Babel prepare you sufficiently for all exams but additional self-study is also required.
The exams can be taken at test centres in various cities in the Netherlands.

CourseFor whoExam includesLevelValidAccepted byDeveloped in
IELTSStudents or professionalsSpeaking (face-to-face interview with examiner), writing, listening and reading.B2-C12 years9000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.UK
TOEFLStudents and workers applying for visas.Computer based testing speaking, writing, listening and reading skills online.B2-C12 years9000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries.USA
Cambridge FirstStudents or professionalsSpeaking (face-to-face interview with two examiners), writing, listening and reading (paper- or computer-based).B2No expiry date. It depends on the institution you will use it for.Around the world. Check your institution.UK
Cambridge AdvancedStudents (Undergraduate & postgraduate)Speaking (face-to-face interview with two examiners), writing, listening and reading (paper- or computer-based).C1No expiry date. It depends on the institution you will use it for.6000 institutions, governments and employersUK
Cambridge ProficiencyPostgraduate / PhD students / Senior management levelSpeaking (face-to-face interview with two examiners), writing, listening and reading (paper- or computer-based).C2No expiry date. It depends on the institution you will use it for.Around the world. Check your institution.Uk