Who are the biggest competitors to the TOEFL test and what makes them each stand out?

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Who are the biggest competitors to the TOEFL test and what makes them each stand out?

Hello! Thanks for your question about the biggest competitors to the TOEFL test. The most useful sources I found to answer your question are the articles "Which Test is Best for Me" and "Which English Exam Should I Take." The short version is that the TOEFL test is the most recognized test in the US, IELTS is most recognized in Australia, England, and New Zealand, TOEIC is use for international jobs, and BEC is used for business careers. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings.

METHODOLOGY
I started the research for this question by searching all of the different English proficiency tests and found a number of different tests. From there I researched tests that students use to get into universities. Based on this research I identified which tests would be the biggest competitors to the TOEFL test.

I found that if students wish to study in the US or Canada, the TOEFL test is the best to take as it is the most recognized by universities and grad schools. If someone wants to work or study in New Zealand, Australia, or England, then the most recommended test is IELTS. TOEIC is recommended for international jobs. BEC is recommended for those interested in business careers.

COMPETITORS
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
-Testing Sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking (conversation with instructor, which is recorded), Writing
-Objective: Testing and certifying English Language Proficiency
- Acceptance: Over 8,000 organizations world wide
-Testing Dates: 48 dates a year
- Registration Fee: $330
- Scoring: scores from 1-9 and received withing 2 weeks.

PTE (Pearson Test of English)
-Testing Sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking (talk into a microphone that a computer records), Writing
-Objective: Testing and certifying English language proficiency
-Acceptance: Scores are accepted at top UK universities, top US universities and government organizations.
-Testing Dates: Varies
-Registration Fee: approximately $188.34
-Scoring: scores on a scale from 10-90

TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
-Testing Sections: Two tests, Listening and Reading Test, Speaking and Writing Test
-Objective: Testing and certifying English language proficiency
-Acceptance: "nearly 14,000 companies, government agencies and English Language Learning programs in 150 countries"
-Testing Dates: 12 public test sessions in the US
-Registration Fee: $65
-Scoring: Maximum score is 990

BEC (Business English Certificates)
- Testing Sections:Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
-Objective:Testing and certifying English language proficiency
-Acceptance: Over 20,000 organization accept the certificates
-Testing Dates:varies
- Registration Fee: varies
- Scoring: The test is out of 230

What makes each competitor stand out is the price and where they are accepted.

SUMMARY
To wrap it up, the TOEFL test is the most recognized test in the US, IELTS is most recognized in Australia, England, and New Zealand, TOEIC is use for international jobs, and BEC is used for business careers. Thanks for using Wonder! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!
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