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Standardized Language Test

Standardized Language Test Preparation


IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

LPI (Language Proficiency Index)





IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are standardized tests for people whose native language is not English. It is important for those who wish to stay in an English-speaking country. The two exams include four sections consist of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.



Similarities between IELTS and TOEFL:

  • Both tests are composed of 4 sections.
  • They measure listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • The writing section on both exams requires the taker to be accurate to the sources and information provided and an essay where the taker need to express ideas based on an essay question.



Differences between IELTS and TOEFL:

  • IELTS test length is about 2 hour and 45 minutes while TOEFL is about 3 hours
  • IELTS is paper based in most countries, TOEFL is internet based (TOEFL iBT)
  • In the speaking section, IELTS measures by means of a face to face interview, whereas TOEFL expects the taker to record speaking tasks/responses in the computer.
  • In the listening section, test takers of IELTS can see the questions before listening, which can make a difference depend from person to person. On the other hand, TOEFL allows the taker to take notes on what is heard and then read the questions to move forward with answers.




LPI (Language Proficiency Index) is an academic reading and writing paper-based test that   measures English language proficiency at the pre-university or pre-college level. It is accepted by over 30 institutions across British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon. The purpose of the LPI is to provide a consistent and standardized measurement of an examinee’s competency in English. The test is 2.5 hours long and consists of four parts: sentence structure, English usage, reading comprehension, and essay writing.