The Difference Between the TOEFL and TOEIC Test

We often get the question, what the difference between the TOEIC test and TOEFL test are. Today’s post is going to give you an overview of the difference between the two exams but also the similarities.

Both the TOEIC and TOEFL test are English language proficiency exams that test your ability to communicate in English. Both tests are administered by ETS. The exams are standardized and the same level no matter where in the world you’re taking your test.

TOEFL stand for Test of English as a foreign language. Students usually take the TOEFL to get accepted to universities or colleges in North America that requires English language proficiency.

TOEIC stand for Test of English for International Communication. The TOEIC test is often required by businesses and organizations that are searching for candidates that are proficient in English. A good score on the TOEIC proves that you can communicate in English in a workplace environment.

Comparing the TOEIC and TOEFL
The TOEIC and TOEFL test serve different purposes, while the TOEFL is for getting admitted to universities, the TOEIC is for professional purposes. This becomes apparent when it comes to the test content; the TOEFL provides content that you normally would see in a classroom while the TOEIC exam focuses on English in a workplace environment.

The TOEFL also tests a wider range of skills than the TOEIC. The TOEFL test includes four different sections (reading, listening, speaking and writing). The TOEFL score are based on a scale of 0 to 120.

The TOEIC test is organized a little bit differently. There is a TOEIC Listening & Reading test and a TOEIC Speaking & Writing test. The score for the reading and listening test scale from 5 to 495 points for each section. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points While the speaking and writing test has a score range between 0-200.

To learn more about the TOEFL IBT test format click here. If you would like to learn tips on how to study and improve your TOEIC score click here.