If you are an international student, you may have to prove you English language ability when you are applying to college as a senior. There are two main tests that can accomplish that. There is the IELTS test and the TOEFL test.

Please keep in mind U.K. institutions will NOT accept a TOEFL result as proof of your English ability. However, universities and colleges in both Canada and the United States will accept both tests scores as proof. 

So, it you are planning to apply to the U.K. and some institutions in North American, it might make the most sense to take the IELTS test.


IELTS is International English Language Testing System. IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organizations worldwide.

The test is composed of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests.

For more information on the IELTS test, please see here.


TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test is designed to measure the English language proficiency of non English speaking people. The test is divided into three sections.

The test is composed of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests. 

For more information on the TOEFL test, please see here.

If you have any questions regarding standardize testing and if/when you should prepare, please see your high school counselor.