If you are an international student thinking about applying to college or university in an English speaking country and English is not your first language, you will be required to take a standardized test to prove your English language proficiency. There are two widely recognized tests that colleges or universities prefer: the TOEFL iBT and the IELTS. Unless otherwise stated by the insititution(s) you are applying to, either test will suffice – detailed information regarding admission requirements can be found on institution websites. The content of these tests are very similar. The biggest difference between them is that the TOEFL iBT is a computer delivered test, whereas, the IELTS is a paper-based test. The best way for you to decide between the TOEFL iBT or IELTS is for you to take a full-length timed practice test and experience both tests first hand, before you reach a decision.