English Proficiency Test – Complete Guide 2023 AIP Education

If English isn’t your first language, then you probably need to take an English proficiency test to study abroad to prove your language abilities.

There are many standardized tests widely recognized around the world, so if you find yourself confused and asking. 

“Which proficiency Test Should I Take?”

that is completely normal and we are here to help!

Today, we will discuss the four most common ones: TOEFL, IELTS, and Duo-lingo

Let’s compare them together!


There are three types of TOEFL tests: iBT (computer-based), PBT (paper-based), and iBT Home Edition. The iBT is the most common; 97% of the students prefer it!

Duration: 3-4 hours – depending on the type of test you choose
Where to take it: The iBT Home Edition can be taken at any time you want, it is available 24 hours a day! Check the requirements here.

Validity: The scores are valid for 2 years.
Where to register: You can register at TOEFL’s official website.
Where to take it: The iBT Home Edition can be taken at any time you want, it is available 24 hours a day! Check the requirements here.

The iBT and PBT need to be scheduled at a test center that you can choose after paying

The test consists of four parts: there are Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing sections.


While IELTS has Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking sections just like TOEFL, the timing to complete each section and order differs.

The speaking section is done on a separate day, either before or after the test.

  • Duration: The IELTS test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Where to take it: You can find the closest test center near you to book an appointment. or you can also take help from our AIP counselor.
  • Validity: IELTS scores are valid for 2 years
  • Where to register: At the IELTS official website.

3. Duo-lingo English Test

A new alternative to TOEFL and IELTS, the Duo-lingo English Test consists of Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking sections.

Not only that, it has a 10-minute interview video to showcase your personality and English skills to the universities you’re applying to.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Where to take it: From home – there are no appointments or test centers.
  • Validity: The results are valid for two years.
  • Where to register: At Duo-lingo’s official website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How Much Does The TOEFL Test Cost?

The fee depends on the country in which you are taking the exam. The TOEFL iBT range falls anywhere between $160 – $300, while the TOEFL PBT costs $180.

The TOEFL IBT cost in Nepal is $180. 

2. Where Is TOEFL Accepted?

It is accepted almost everywhere in the world and by ALL the universities in the US, and also among 10,000 universities in countries such as the UK, Australia, and Canada.

3. How To Prepare For TOEFL?

Don’t forget to enjoy the process! Here are the best TOEFL study tips:

Understand the structure and type of questions expected.
Know the minimum score you need to get accepted to the university you’re applying to.
Get a study guide to find practice tests and exercises.
Take practice tests as much as you can until you reach the score in mind. Go over your mistakes and practice the areas you’re struggling with.

4. Where Is IELTS Accepted?

IELTS is accepted worldwide by more than 9,000 institutions and 140 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada.

5. How To Prepare For IELTS?

Similar to the TOEFL test, you need to familiarize yourself with the questions, keep taking practice tests and get a study guide to test yourself. Other IELTS study tips include:

  • See those English textbooks on your shelf? It’s time to read them and improve your grammar and vocabulary!
  • Record yourself speaking in English to practice for the Speaking section.
6. How much Does The Duo-Lingo English Test cost?

Guess what? This is the most affordable option! The cost is only $49 USD.

7. Where is the Duo-lingo English Test accepted?

While it is not as widely accepted as TOEFL and IELTS because it is relatively new, it is still recognized by over 3,000 institutions around the world. Check the full list here.