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Which to Choose IELTS, TOEFL or PTE ?

Posted: April 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

All three tests accurately check your language ability, all of them are different in their approach, structure and teaching criteria. You will be required to sit for an English language proficiency test as part of your application to study in the top foreign universities. IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE are the best tests to check proficiency in the English language provided you aren’t an English native speaker.  Based on feedback from students and the reviews of other aspirants too, IELTS and PTE are usually considered easier.


IELTS, accepted in the UK, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries, is a paper-based exam. It not only covers MCQs but also a wide range of question patterns to test your presence of mind and capability. It also comprises a mix of short and long essays. Its speaking test is taken face-to-face with an examiner and the speaking score is determined by a single examiner. The test duration is 2 hours 45 minutes


TOEFL, mostly accepted in American universities, is a computer-based exam. It comprises multiple-choice questions, except for the writing section. You can answer only after listening to the entire conversation in the listening section. In the TOEFL speaking test, a candidate has to answer six questions into a microphone which are recorded and later sent to a group of six reviewers. The entire test duration is about 4 hours.


PTE, a new entrant which is becoming a popular option among aspirants, is approved by Australian and New Zealand governments for visa and migration applications. Also, it is accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale, and INSEAD. It consists of a single 3-hour test session which includes three sections: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. It is easy to prepare for because of the range of PTE books and mock tests (easily available online/offline) familiarises students with the exam pattern.

So, before making any decision, determine where you want to apply, what are your capabilities and what is suitable for you.

IELTS, PTE and TOEFL tests have similar sub-tests like listening, reading, writing and speaking with a difference in the question types. The IELTS speaking test is completely a face-to-face conversation with the certified examiner and the answers of the candidates are recorded on a digital recorder for evaluation. While the speaking test of TOEFL and PTE is evaluated by human rater and computer. For evaluation of answers TOEFL and PTE speaking tests, candidates will speak into a microphone and the computer captures and records the audio. The type of accent in the IELTS academic is mostly British accent, in TOEFL is mostly North American accent while in the PTE variety of accents will be noticed.

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