Thinking about taking an English proficiency test for immigration or study purposes? Unsure which test (PTE or IELTS) will be better for you?
We will try to explain you both and help you decide on one.
Let’s first take a look at both, one by one
IELTS- A Stands for International English Language Testing System -Academic, It is prepared by Cambridge University (Cambridge English Learning Assessment- CELA) on two test centers IDP Australia and British Council. You can choose a test center of your choice.
It tests your overall command on formal English on four different criteria Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Test is taken on two different days, one day you will give exams for Reading, Writing and Listening and on another day, you will face an examiner for speaking where you will talk to an examiner for 13-15 minutes on general topic.
PTE – A
PTE-A Stands for Pearson Test of English- Academic, Is a computer based exam taken by Pearson Inc, it allows candidates 3 hours to finish 3 sections; 1. Speaking and Writing, 2.Reading and 3. Listening. Test is taken by computer and checked by AI (Artificial Intelligence), results are instant (maximum of 5 business days) and you can book it 24 hours in advance and still get a seat.
Let us look at the difference between IELTS and PTE point by point.
|1||Eligibility Criteria||16 years and above||18 years, below that will require parental consent|
|2||Test dates||Round the year (working days only)||Has their own calendar|
|3||Structure||Divided into speaking, writing, reading and listening – 3hours, all same day||Divided into Speaking, Writing, Reading and listening. 2hr 45 minutes|
Speaking is done on another day
|4||Test format||Computer based||Paper based and Computer based|
|5||Validity||2 years||2 years|
|6||Acceptance||Universities and government (limited)||Universities and government (Worldwide)|
|7||Time for Result||24 hours to 5 working days||After 13 working days|
|8||Price||USD $ 170||NRS 21,500.|
|9||Cancellation||Partial refund: 7 days, no questions asked||Partial refund: (medical) reasons required|
|10||Assessment||Artificial Intelligence (computer)||Manual|
|11||Transparency in grading (assessment)||Not fully revealed||Transparent|
|12||Challenges reported by students||Reading section difficult||Writing section difficult|
|13||Mock tests, materials||Has official scored mock test for estimate (Payment needed). Limited books and materials available||Lots of preparation materials available, No official mock test; however many test private centers offer it for free|
|14||Accuracy||Reports of writing tests revised||Automated speaking scoring system is not fair to many.|
|15.||Full marks||90||9 Band (Band= levels)|
Students who have a specific requirements in marks may find IELTS challenging, whereas students who are comfortable with computers and keyboards might have an edge with PTE. Acceptance of score and resources available for practice is better in IELTS, whereas time for result and booking convenience is better in PTE.
If you are a nursing student who have to score band 7 in each and it is proving difficult, you can choose PTE. We suggest if you are not sure which country and course you might peruse later, stick to IELTS.