No man (or woman) exists as an island. And our success in life (be it professional or personal) remains dependent on how well we synergize with each other. And the starting point for that remains how well you communicate your thoughts, beliefs and opinions to others (and check whether they got the message you had intended)!
Communication skills, one of the six core soft skills that all of us need – are a tool which needs full-time maintenance and work. Self-development is the way to a good career and the way to do that shall always remain a two-step dance – assess yourself and then develop on your weaknesses.
This week, we take a step back and address the top 3 (top-of-mind) ways in which you can conduct an English assessment. These three include TOEFL, IELTS and MyEnglish.
Here is a brief outline of all tests:
TOEFL stands for Test for English as a Foreign Language, is an adaptive test for non-native English speakers aspiring to study abroad. TOEFL scores are accepted in over 130 countries. TOEFL assesses your ability to use written, spoken, heard and read English at university education level.
TOEFL iBT is scored from 0 to 120 points. For each module (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing), you can receive from 0 to 30 points. Your final result is the sum of scores for each of the sections.
If you want to get positive TOEFL results, you need to answer at least one question of two modules (Listening and Reading) and perform at least one task from the Speaking module and write one essay.
These Scores Are Used By
- Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
- Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
- Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English
The Reading And Listening Sections
The Reading and Listening sections are the easiest to score. A computer will determine the number of points you received, and then your score will be calculated on a scale of 0-30 for each section.
The Writing And Speaking Sections
The writing and speaking sections are a little more involved. Each response will be reviewed by at least two trained ETS graders, who will independently score your response on a scale of 0-4. If their scores differ by more than one point (i.e. if one of them gives you a 3 and the other a 1, for example), then a third grader will review your test. All the graders’ scores are averaged together to give you one score from 0-4, which is then converted to the standardized 30-point scale.
Stands for International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to evaluate the levels of proficiency; from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
IELTS is of two types: one for academics and the second for immigration.
IELTS also follows same test format as TOEFL, comprising of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking sections. The only difference is a candidate may opt for taking the Spoken English section one week before or after attempting the other 3 sections.
While IELTS and TOEFL are widely preferred by students who are aspiring to study, work or migrate from a non-native English speaking country. MyEnglish is an assessment tool that evaluates your written and spoken English to perform in the job market.
MyEnglish assesses your Written and spoken English, preparing you for the job market. Using the latest Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology, MyEnglish evaluates your English speaking, writing and listening skills accurately. Also, it provides you detailed feedback on your strong and weak areas and recommends tips for improvement.
This is how My English works:
Speaking – Writing – Listening
Evaluates you for your grammar, content appropriateness, fluency, and pronunciation.
Learn and Improve
Get detailed diagnostic feedback report along with resources to improve your English speaking and writing skills.
Get AMCAT certification
Give your job hunt the English advantage it needs by getting the industry-recognized AMCAT certification.
Detailed Feedback Report
- An 8-page detailed report
- Know your scores on 12 different parameters
- Acknowledge where to improve your Writing Skills
- Acknowledge where to improve your Speaking Skills
- Analyze your performance- where you were good, where you should improve
- List of resources to improve your English
Excellent communication skills are the skills that interviewers seek. Learn English if you are lagging behind. Help yourself by evaluating your position with MyEnglish here.
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