Computer-delivered IELTS vs. PTE-A

IELTS vs PTE Academic:

how do they compare?

Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Price

IELTS

PTE Academic

$385$385
$385 (no additional fee for late bookings)$481.25 (for late bookings)
Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Test format

IELTS

PTE Academic

The IELTS General Training test features everyday English in a social or workplace context and is for test takers applying for secondary education, work experience or training programs in an English speaking country.

The IELTS Academic test features academic English and tasks for test takers applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking country.

PTE Academic uses academically relevant tasks to measure skills in an integrated way. It is a test of English for study abroad and immigration.
Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Acceptance

IELTS

PTE Academic

IELTS is accepted globally by more than 10,000 organisations including universities, professional bodies, employers, and Australian student visa and migration applications.

The IELTS General Training test is the only non-academic test of English accepted for migration to Australia.

PTE Academic is accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs globally and is approved for all Australian student visa and migration applications.

It is accepted by an increasing number of professional associations around the world for registration and assessment.

Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Speaking test

IELTS

PTE Academic

The IELTS Speaking test is face-to-face with a human examiner in a private and quiet room with no other test takers.

IELTS Speaking examiners may repeat or rephrase a question upon request.

PTE Academic test takers are tested by their ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment (reading aloud in a partitioned booth with other test takers in the room).

The Speaking test microphone will switch off automatically if a test taker is silent for more than 3 seconds.

 

Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Navigation through questions

IELTS

PTE Academic

In computer-delivered IELTS you may skip questions and come back to them to complete or check your answer at a later time.In PTE Academic you can only navigate forward through questions and you must correct mistakes before moving onto the next question.
Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Length of the test

IELTS

PTE Academic

  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Listening (30-36 minutes)
  • Speaking (11-14 minutes)
  • Part 1: Speaking and writing (77-93 minutes)
  • Part 2: Reading (32-41 minutes)
  • Part 3: Listening (45-57 minutes)
Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Marking

IELTS

PTE Academic

The IELTS Writing and Speaking tests are marked by English experts following global marking standards. The Reading and Listening tests are auto-marked.All tests in PTE Academic are machine scores using PTE Academic’s automated scoring system.
Compare IELTS vs PTE-A | Results turnaround

IELTS

PTE Academic

  • 5-7 calendar days
  • 5 business days
Sources
  1. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Test Centres & Fees | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/test-centers-and-fees.
  2. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Test Centres & Fees | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/test-centers-and-fees.
  3. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Why PTE Academic? | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/why-pte-academic.
  4. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Why PTE Academic? | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/why-pte-academic.
  5. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. English Speaking, Writing & Grammar Test | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/format/english-speaking-writing.
  6. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Test FAQs | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/faqs.
  7. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Test FAQs | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/faqs.
  8. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. English Test Format | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/format.
  9. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. How Is The Test Scored? | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/about-our-scores/how-is-the-test-scored.
  10. Source: PTE Academic, 2018. Why PTE Academic? | PTE Academic. Available at: https://pearsonpte.com/why-pte-academic.

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