IELTS vs PTE
Being the universal language, English is a compulsion for students who aspire to study abroad. Universities abroad follow rules of the global education system, which judges on the basis of your score in standardised tests designed to test your language fluency. There are predominantly three standardised English language tests that are widely accepted in most of the foreign universities i.e. IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and PTE (Pearson Test of English). While all two of them evaluate your English language skills based on four parameters of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, on-going debate of which test to take has become a moot point amongst aspirants. Before landing to any conclusion, it is essential that we consider our requirements or preferences.
|Versions||- Academic||- Academic|
|- General Training||- General|
|- Young Learner Test|
|Organizer||British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English||Pearson PLC Group|
|Fee||INR 12,650||INR 13,300|
|Structure||Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening||Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening|
|Duration||2 hours 45 minutes||3 hours|
|Score||1 to 9||10 to 90|
|Results||13 days after the test date||Declared online within five working days|
|Popularity||Widely popular in UK and Australia||Now recognized in many institutions of UK, Australia, USA, and Canada|
|Acceptance||9000+ International Colleges||Not defined yet|
Which test to take?’ is mostly a matter of opinion and individual preference. If you are not taking external assistance to help you decide, you may decide the test on the basis of the location you choose to study. For instance, if you are planning to join universities/colleges in the North American countries, TOEFL is the right choice for you. The IELTS score is generally accepted worldwide, with a higher acceptance rate in the European countries as well as New Zealand, and Australia. Nowadays, PTE Academic is also accepted in USA, Canada, UK, and Australia. It is always recommended that you conduct thorough research before finalizing an exam. To avoid further confusions, you may always seek assistance from the study abroad experts, who with their valuable experience and expertise can help you make useful decisions.