What is TOEFL?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used around the English-speaking world to measure skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. There is no passing or failing grade, but different institutions require a variety of minimum scores.
TOEFL scores are used by over 9,000 colleges and agencies in more than 130 countries. From university applications to professional development, a great English proficiency score can make a huge difference in your future.
What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the language assessment tool of choice in the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as elsewhere in the world. Like the TOEFL, it is accepted by over 9,000 institutions worldwide.
Your goals will determine whether the IELTS or TOEFL is a better fit for you. Many US ESL programs will help prepare you for both tests, maximizing your flexibility.
If you want to go to an English-speaking university for undergraduate or graduate study (whether as a full degree or through study abroad as part of a degree in Brazil), you will probably need to take the TOEFL or IELTS test. The top 100 universities in the world all accept TOEFL. Whether you are a highly motivated student seeking the best in education or you are an adventurous, career-minded future professional seeking to expand your skills profile, a high TOEFL score will help launch your future plans.
If you are planning on a professional career in English-speaking country, many licensing agencies use the TOEFL/IELTS tests as a proof of language abilities. This includes engineering; architecture; and many medical careers including nursing, pharmaceuticals, and physical therapy.
In many cases, professional training in your country of origin will be accepted if you can prove your language abilities with a high score. PLEASE NOTE that in some cases, both the TOEFL and the IELTS are accepted. In other professions or host countries, one test is specified.
Many countries use language assessment scores as part of the immigration process for visa applications. A high English score can be a point in your favor when applying to live or work abroad, including in Australia and the UK.
English is the official language of 35 countries and is spoken in 101 countries. English language fluency opens a lot of the world to your adventuring! Almost wherever you go in the world, you will encounter other people with English as a second language. There are an astonishing 1.5 billion English language learners worldwide - English is the most popular language to study by far.
Improved Career Skills
English skills improve your versatility as a student and in your future career, allowing you to access opportunities you might not otherwise have access to. English is a critical language for careers in science, tourism, business, media, computing technology, and in many multinational businesses.
Choosing to study English as a Second Language and improve your scores is an investment in your future. Make it an adventure and immersion experience and watch where these new skills will take you!
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