PTE versus IELTS: Which test is for me?
If you're looking to study abroad or migrate to Australia soon, and NEED to pass the English test ASAP, here are a few good pointers on how to choose between PTE and IELTS.
- IELTS is accepted for visa purposes in UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
- IELTS is accepted for studying abroad purposes.
- PTE is trusted for migration by the government of Australia and New Zealand.
- PTE is recognized in all the major institutions in UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia and etc.
Have a conversation with an examiner (face to face for about 15 minutes)
Read Aloud, Repeat Sentence, Describe Image, Retell Lecture, Answer Short Questions
40 MCQ questions
Summarize Spoken Text, Fill in the blanks, MCQ choose multiple answer, Write from dictation and others
40 MCQ questions
Re-order Paragraph, Fill in the blanks, MCQ choose single answer, select missing word and others
You are required to write 2 essays.
Summarize Written Text, Essay writing
Since the exam format is easy, no training beforehand is required.
Since there are so many task types, students can still score from the task types that they are more comfortable with.
There are very little task types. If you cannot perform in a certain task type, the chance of scoring in IELTS is much lower.
The exam structure is a bit complicated, hence training beforehand is crucial.
- There are very few task types, which means if you make one mistake, it will greatly impact your score.
- For example: Since there are 40 MCQ questions, every 2 mistakes you make, will lower your scores by half a band.
- Since there are so many questions types, if you make mistakes, you still stand a chance to score a band 8.
Speaking and Writing answers are marked by HUMAN examiners.
- It can be subject to bias and the results are inconsistent.
- For example: If you get a band 7 in your writing this round, the next round might be a 6.5 depending on which examiner marks your answer.
All answers are marked by COMPUTER.
- No matter who you are, the marking algorithm is fair to everyone. It will deliver very consistent results.
You need to schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.
The results will be released in 2 weeks time.
You can schedule for the exam up to 24 hours in advance.
The result are released within 3 days. Most of the time, students receive the results just one day after their exam.
Jay, a native English speaker who was born and raised in an English speaking household in Australia sat for both IELTS & PTE. Below are his IELTS & PTE results (first attempts).
source : https://blog.e2language.com/jay-ielts-score/
Comment: The IELTS examiner might not have liked his writing style / hand writing, and gave him a score of band 6.5 even though his essay has PERFECT grammar and sentence structure.
Even though PTE looks more complicated and training beforehand is crucial, it is EASIER to score if you know how to give answers that complement the algorithm marking criteria.