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Difference Between IELTS and PTE

IELTS or PTE is mandatory requirement for non native English speakers who wants to go abroad for higher education or to migrate to English speaking countries. IELTS and PTE are two standardized English test that are accepted worldwide. PTE is new as compare to IELTS. If you are still confused here here is a quick look at how IELTS and PTE differ so you can decide which one is right for you:

Quick Result

IELTS use manual scoring technique and result come only after 13 days of exam. PTE on the other hand uses  computerized process and the results are generated online within five working days. 

Flexibility

The IELTS is outlined in a way that one can take this test on 24 fixed days in a year. PTE academic centers are located in over 50 odd countries worldwide and the test can be taken on any date of the year, subject to the availability of the seats in the center chosen by the candidate

Integrated Testing

Most English language proficiency tests often falls through the cracks due their inability to blend in various facets of the English language like comprehension, paraphrasing, awareness to a context and so on. PTE, however acknowledges these more ‘refined’ issues by asking more integrated and comprehensive questions. For instance expressing a chunk of text in one line, in your own words, this way both your writing and reading skills are tested at the same time. 

PTE ACADEMIC COMPARED WITH IELTS

PTE ACADEMIC

IELTS

Established

1989

2009

Conduct by UK Largest Organization

Edexcel

British Council, Cambridge English language assessment and IDP Education

Booking The Test

Booking & Registration

Register/pay online or by phone up to 24 Hrs in advance*

Usually by mail or in person with only some on-line. Registration may close a while before the test

Test availability

Testing weekly in all centers in Australia. Where demand is strong tests are run 5+ days per week up to 3 times per day

48 fixed test sessions per year

Cost

10,900/-

INR 11,300/-

Locations

Multiple

Multiple locations

THE TEST

Duration

Single 3 hr session (with an optional 10 min break)

Test totals around 3 hrs but can be delivered in 2 sessions in some locations

Format

3 parts:

Speaking & Writing

Reading

Listening

4 parts:

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Delivery

Computer based and 100% computer marked

Paper based test and interview marked by examiners

Results

Speed of Results

Typically available within 5 business days. In 2014, we delivered 85% of scores in 2 days

Usually posted 13 calendar days after the test

Score comparison

Scored on a highly granular scale range of 10-90 points, the test gives an extremely accurate and consistent assessment of a test taker’s ability.

Scored on only a 9 point-band scale.


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