GRE or TOEFL? What’s the difference?


You’ve probably heard of a million different tests that potential international students take: TOEFL iBT, IELTS, GRE, PTE, etc.  It’s an alphabet soup, and it’s easy to get confused.

If you want to do graduate study in an American university, you will most likely be required to provide a GRE and a TOEFL score. Here are their main points of difference:

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is an academic test that assesses math, vocabulary, and writing skills. It has a strong language component, but it is not an English test.

TOEFL, on the other hand, was designed in order to test your English.

Because of this difference in purpose, GRE is required for all graduate applicants: both domestic and international students have to take it. TOEFL is only required if you’re international and it is required in order to check English communication competence.

GRE is usually only taken by those who want to study for a Master’s or a PhD degree, and TOEFL is required across the board.

Because GRE is aimed at graduate-level students, it has much higher expectations of your vocabulary and writing abilities than does TOEFL.

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Happy Learning!

:) Ksenia

GRE or TOEFL?  What’s the difference?
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