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Test Purpose

The TOEFL and IELTS are English proficiency exams. They are required by many universities world-wide for international students to see your English level to enter into university. These tests are offered outside YCIS in test centers around Shanghai on a weekly basis.

A few exceptions: 
1. if you are a USA, Canada, or Australian passport holder returning to study you do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

2. Sometimes Universities waive this requirement for those who have studied in an English based curriculum for 4 consecutive years or who have taken English A in the IB.

3. How do I know if I need to take it? If you are a foreign student it is often required… to be sure check your university choices and their requirements early.

Your Counselor is also here to help you.


IELTS is a test created by the UK while the TOEFL is USA Based.

Yet many institutions view them as interchangeable and accept both worldwide. Here is a rough sketch of popular choice by country:

  • USA / Canada / HK: TOEFL
  • Australia / UK: IELTS
  • HK Either
  • Japan & Korea Either