Major Differences between I.E.L.T.S and PTE

Major Differences between I.E.L.T.S. and PTE

Major Differences between I.E.L.T.S. and PTE

The International English Language Testing System is a standard Test which is conducted jointly by British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge. The test commenced in 1989 with the aim of testing and certifying the proficiency of the speakers in English who are non-natives.

PTE commenced in 2009 by Pearson and is a late entrant into the sphere of testing and certification in English language proficiency of the speakers in English who are non-natives. The QCA and Ed-excel, a large examining body of UK, accredit the PTE.

TOEFL and IELTS have many similarities, but there is a set of distinct features which make them unique. There is a need for analyzing the strengths as well as the weakness and select any of the two tests with the purpose of obtaining a brilliant score.
IELTS became a popular test that finds acceptance in Europe, Australia and also in the American universities. The PTE test is also getting recognition from universities across several regions. There is an increase in numbers for its test takers

Test Versions

Both PTE and IELTS and have common versions: Academic and General Training, but PTE also has an additional version, in its Young Learners Test.

The Academic versions cater to students who plan for an admission into a university, but the General versions of both tests certify the communication skills of a candidate for non-academic purposes. The Young Learner test is designed to measure the abilities of communication in children in the English language.

Test Structure

Furthermore, both the tests have similarities also. There are test sections like Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening. Besides, there is a set of unique features in content pattern to mark the differences of each test.

In the I.E.L.T.S. mainly the examiner evaluates the speaking ability  of a candidate, after making live conversation. These are recorded in a recording device. In P.T.E., the live conversation is absent, but a candidate, needs to speak to a microphone, to get a recording in the computerized system. Afterwards, the computer program evaluates this speaking and also gives a rating to the aspirant. The I.E.L.T.S. is paper based completely and also uses graphs, diagram, and charts for the writing section. P.T.E. is based on computer totally and uses a series of innovative techniques for testing the writing abilities of a candidate.


IELTS has a fixed time for each paper, and candidates have the option of moving forward or backward. PTE has section timings and the only option is to move forward.

Scoring Pattern

P.T.E. is based on automated scoring and gives the grade to the aspirant in the range of 10-90. There is a manual scoring pattern of I.E.L.T.S. in the 0-9 band. The candidates come to know the I.E.L.T.S. Report Form in 13 days after the test. In The P.T.E., the candidates can know the Academic scores online in five business days.

Test Location and Dates

IELTS Academic conducts the test in 48 fixed dates every year in around 900 centers in 130 countries. The IELTS General test is available annually on 24 fixed days. PTE Academic test centers are located in 50 countries across the world and aspirants can take it on any date, subject to availability of slots. India has PTE test centers in more than 15 cities.

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