The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Examinations are two of the most popular English language proficiency tests.
The IELTS, established in 1989, is a test to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. The test is jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education. The Pearson Test of English (PTE), established in 2009, also assesses and certifies the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. Edexcel, the largest examining body of the UK, and QCA accredit this examination.
Though both the tests are similar in many aspects, there are also remarkable differences between the two. While IELTS is accepted by European, Australian and American universities, PTE is also gaining recognition in universities across various regions. One has to carefully look into the differences between the two tests in order to choose the one in which he/she can get a better score.
Let’s explore the four important differences between PTE and IELTS
Both IELTS and PTE have two common versions: Academic and General. PTE has an additional version named Young Learners Test. The Academic versions are for students seeking university admission and the General versions are for those seeking job opportunities. The PTE Young Learner’s Test is to certify the English communication skills of children.
2. Test structure
There are a few core differences between IELTS and PTE in their test structures. In IELTS, the speaking skills are evaluated based on a live conversation test. But in PTE, the candidate speaks to a microphone, which will be recorded in a computerized system. This recording is then evaluated by a computer program. While IELTS is paper-based, PTE is totally computer-based. In IELTS, time is set for each paper and the candidate can move forwards or backwards. But PTE has section timings and the candidate can move only forward.
While IELTS test takers will get their results after 13 calendar days, PTE test takers will receive their results online after five business days.
PTE has a complete automated scoring system compared to the manual scoring of IELTS. PTE grades a candidate in a 10-90 band while IELTS test takers are graded on a 0-9 band.
4. Date, location
The IELTS Academic test can be attended in any one of the 900 centers spread across 130 countries, on any one of the 48 pre-fixed dates. For IELTS General Test, a candidate can choose any one of the 24 pre-fixed dates to attend the test.
PTE Academic test centers are located across 50 nations. In India, PTE has centers in 15 cities. The test can be taken on any date, depending on the availability of seats.
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