TOEFL Compared to the SAT
Mar 15, 2010 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 2176 Views
If you’re applying to an undergraduate program in the U.S., you will probably have to submit scores for both the TOEFL and the SAT (or ACT). However, in some cases the only required test will either be the TOEFL or the SAT.
The score and exam required changes from each institution. A good SAT English score will often override the requirement of submitting a TOEFL score, since you’ve proven that you’re able to communicate proficiently in English.
The SAT has three sections: verbal, math, and writing. Each section is worth 800 points, for a total of 2400 possible points. The TOEFL test does not include any math at all; it’s strictly an English proficiency exam.
The SAT has a section that tests your grammar ability. In that section you will be asked to improve different sentences. The TOEFL does not include sections that require sentence editing.
The major difference between the TOEFL and SAT (expect that SAT includes math) is the level of English tested. SAT English vocabulary is more advanced and may have words that are not commonly used on a daily basis.
While the TOEFL focuses on examining your English proficiency, the SAT determines how well you handle and understand English at a more advanced level.