The minimum acceptable scores for most of the universities for graduate students is 79 IBT demonstrates quite well that the TOEFL-iBT is somewhat easier to pass (earn an acceptable score) than the IELTS.
The IELTS minimums are 6.0 out of a possible 9.0 for speaking and 6.0 out of a possible 9.0 overall. Given that a candidate reaches the 6.0 on speaking, a 6.0 average must be maintained on the reading, writing and listening modules to maintain the minimum 6.0 overall score. A 6.0 average works out to a correct answer rate of 67%.
The TOEFL-iBT minimum is 79 out of a possible 120 overall for more than 95% of universities. The 79 overall minimum represents 65.8% correct answer rate, just below the 67% of the IELTS.But if the university that you are applying requires specific scores in each of the sections,then this numbers will vary.
Here’s more comparison between IELTS and TOEFL
|Typical usage:||Entry to UK/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand universities (accepted by 1350 US universities)||Entry to US/Canadian universities (also accepted by many universities in the UK and other English-speaking countries)|
|Type of English:||British English (academic situations)||American English (academic situations)|
|Skills tested:||Listening, reading, writing, speaking (face-to-face oral test)||Listening, reading, speaking,writing. TSE speaking test at extra cost (not face-to-face)|
|Cost (Jan/14/ 2011):||Exam fee: Rs 7200/ $156 (as of today) in Chennai test center||Exam fee: 165 USD for the internet-based test|
|Test type:||Paper-based or computer-based (CB IELTS), depending on the country. Main UK format is currently paper-based||Internet-based (TOEFL iBT), computer-based (TOEFL CBT) or paper-based (TOEFL PBT), depending on the country.|
|Question style:||A variety of styles (only a few questions are multiple-choice)||Mostly multiple-choice (except writing)|
|Test centers:||Less compared to TOEFL||More than IELTS centers|
|Test date frequency:||Couple of times a month||Very frequent|
|No of Universities||Close to1350 universities accept IELTS in US||More than 3000 universities accept TOEFL in US|
Looking at these data’s it looks like TOEFL is better off for applying to US universities. What you all think?