If you’re looking to apply to an English-language Master in Management (MiM) program and your native language is not English, you’ll probably have to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS.
TOEFL and IELTS are the two primary English-language proficiency tests that help business schools judge your communication potential.
Maybe. Generally, if your native language is not English, you might have to take either the IELTS or the TOEFL before applying to a MiM program. However, business schools might waive this requirement if you’ve done previous studies in English.
Some business schools might specify the test that you have to take. Others might give you a choice.
Generally, the TOEFL and IELTS are both delivered on computers in test centers all over the world. Currently, both tests can be taken in over 130 countries. In some places without internet, TOEFL also has a paper-based version of the exam, but this is being phased out.
Each test has different scoring methods. The TOEFL Internet Based Test is scored on a range of between 0 and 120 points. There are four sections (reading, speaking, listening, and writing), and each of these are scored on a scale of between 0 and 30. For the speaking section, test takers record their responses to questions, which are sent to reviewers for grading.
The IELTS also has four sections (listening, reading, writing, and speaking), and each section is scored on a band scale between 0 and 9. These scores are averaged to determine a test taker’s overall band score. The speaking component takes place in a one-to-one setting.
It depends. Some business schools might specify minimum score requirements. For instance, to apply for the MSc in Management from ESSEC Business School, you’ll need a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Others might not have minimum scores but they will let you know what scores they consider competitive.
For either test, you can elect to send your scores to schools you select before you begin the test. For the IELTS, you can send your results to up to five institutions free of charge if you list them on your online registration. For the TOEFL, you can send your results free of charge to up to four institutions. Of course, you can send your results to more schools, but you’ll most likely have to pay extra to do so.