The IELTS and TOEFL exams are known and feared by English language students worldwide. Both exams are used by universities to assess the English language ability of applicants. IELTS is widely used in the UK and Australia and also recognised by most American and Canadian universities, including Harvard Business School; TOEFL is used mainly by American universities, though also accepted in the UK and Australia.

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing system. It operates on a nine point band, where a nine indicates that the student has a level of English equivalent to a highly educated native speaker, and it tests all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in an academic context. Generally speaking, undergraduate students need to obtain a score of 5.5 overall to gain university admission and postgraduate students need a score of 6.5 overall. Some universities will ask for higher grades for all courses, or for specific programmes. The IELTS exam can be taken at centres worldwide and at frequent intervals throughout the year. Candidates pay a fee to take the exam.

The TOEFL test, administered via the Internet, contains 100 percent academic content created by working with institutions to identify the English-language demands faced by non-native English speakers.

It simulates actual tasks from classrooms — from comprehending a lecture to participating in discussions and extracurricular activities.

Our researchers recorded examples of classroom teaching, study groups and student interactions at several institutions. They collected textbooks and packets from students’ courses and compiled their findings into a language database called a "corpus." The language used in the TOEFL test closely reflects what is used in everyday academic settings.

This ensures your applicants are equipped with the skills students need in a higher education classroom. Students who score well on the TOEFL test are prepared for success at your institution and to go further in their careers.

Several Student Visa Consultants often offer education services to the students; including IELTS and TOEFL coaching for the preparation of the IELTS or TOEFL exam. IELTS is becoming increasingly popular throughout Asia and students usually need to attend a yearlong preparation course to do well enough in the exam to apply to an overseas university. There is a wealth of IELTS Study Material to use on these courses, including plenty of mock exam material.

While it’s never really been true, at one time some people may have thought that most of the smart people in IT came out of Silicon Valley and most business leaders were made in Ivy League schools…not any more.

In our global economy talent comes from everywhere, and for some, literacy and language testing provides candid insight as to how well and how quickly they will transition into a new organization, minimize their time to competence and provide a shorter route to success.

Literacy and Language tests are used in over 180 countries, available exclusively online and allow organizations to assess the literacy and linguistic competencies of their candidates and workforce in the following languages: Canadian English, Canadian French, US English, UK English, Parisian French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Flemish, Swedish and Standard Mandarin.