Want to know the main difference between IELTS and PTE?

Madhavi's British Academy / February 9, 2018
Difference Between IELTS and PTE

Difference Between IELTS and PTE

The IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) and PTE (Pearson Test of English) Examinations are renowned tests for the English language; however, they are not the same.

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Main Difference Between IELTS and PTE
Main Difference Between IELTS and PTE

The IELTS is conducted by The British Council, IDP Education, and The Cambridge English Language Assessment.
On the other hand, the PTE or The Pearson Test of English was introduced in 2009. It is one of the most recent entrants in the domain of testing and certifying non-native candidates on their expertise in the English language. Edexcel and QCA accredit this examination. The former is the largest examining body of the UK.

The IELTS Examination is the most popular English language proficiency test for native speakers in Europe and Australia. Most Universities in the USA also accept IELTS scores.

Both the IELTS and the PTE examinations have two common versions- Academic and General.
However, the PTE has an additional version called The Young Learners Test. The Academic versions of the tests are applicable to candidates who appear for university admissions and the general versions of the IELTS and PTE apply to candidates who wish to join jobs in foreign lands. The PTE Young Learner’s Test is applicable to children to test and guarantee their realistic communication skills in the English language.

The IELTS involves live communication with an examiner. Here, the speaking abilities of the candidate are examined and recorded in a device.

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However, in the PTE Examination, the candidate needs to speak into a microphone and the speech is recorded into a computerized system. This program of the computer evaluates the speaking abilities of the candidate and rates the test taker.

The IELTS Examination is a paper-based one and uses a graph, diagram or chart for testing the writing skills of the candidate.
The PTE examination, on the other hand, uses the computer to evaluate the candidate with innovative and unique techniques.

IELTS and PTE Examination Ahmedabad

The IELTS Examination has set times for each paper and the candidate may move forward or backward.
However, the PTE Examination has timings for each section and the candidates can only move forward.

PTE is based on a completely automated scoring pattern and it grades the candidate on a band of 10-90.
The IELTS examination scores are manual and the candidate is rated on a band of 0-9.

IELTS and PTE Exam Process Ahmedabad

Those candidates who take the IELTS test will get their results after 13 calendar days post the test.
However, the makers of the PTE examination will receive their scores online after 5 business days.
These are the main and the basic points of difference between IELTS and PTE examinations.

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