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What Are IELTS and PTE?

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Are you thinking of studying or migrating abroad? Do you know the requirements? Have you done your research? If not, you need to know about the primary requirement to migrate, either for academic or general purposes.

To sustain yourself at a new place, it is crucial for a non-native person to know the native language. To ensure this, many English speaking nations conduct various English language proficiency tests to ensure that the prospective immigrant is well versed in English. IELTS and PTE are two such tests. These check English language proficiency in four areas, viz. listening, reading, writing and speaking. Although, it isn't compulsory to answer such tests to obtain a visa, it definitely increases your chances to get one. Some colleges and universities may even take the admission decision on the basis of scores in these tests. To a novice, these two may seem similar, which makes it necessary to have an understanding of both the tests. Overview of these tests is provided below:

IELTS IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is accepted in around 10,000 organisations, including schools, universities, immigration authorities and professional bodies, across 140 countries. This test is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. Following are the details to be considered:

Eligibility: The person taking the test should be above 16 years of age.
Purpose: Study, work or migration
Modules: There are two modules of the test, each of which serves a separate purpose. These are:
1. Academic module: This test is for undergraduate/post graduate level or for professional registration. This test is conducted four times a month.
2. General Training module: This test is for those who want to migrate or study at a level below degree. There are 24 fixed days in a year for the conduct of this test.
The test duration: It is a 2 hour and 45 minute test divided into four parts:
1. Academic module: This test is for undergraduate/post graduate level or for professional registration. This test is conducted four times a month.
1. Listening: It is a 30-40 minute section consisting of four sets (ten, one mark questions in each). Audios with varying accents are played, on the basis of which different questions such as multiple choice, matching, sentence completion, are asked.
2. Reading: This part lasts for 60 minutes during which 40 questions, each carrying 1 mark, need to be answered. This part is unique to each module. Academic Reading: Three reading passages checking a number of reading skills such as: reading for gist, detail, attitude or purpose, are given. The topics related to general awareness and academics form the context of these passages.
General Reading: There are 40 questions divided into three sections, explained below:
Section 1 (Social Survival) May contain two or three short texts or several shorter texts.
Section 2 (Workplace Survival) Comprises two texts.
Section 3 (General Reading) Consists of one long text.
3. Writing: Two tasks have to be accomplished within 60 minutes. The first section for the two modules is distinct.
Academic Writing: In task 1, explanation of a visual representation which can be in the form of a graph, chart, or map must be provided in 150 words, in 20 minutes. Next 40 minutes shall be used for task 2, which involves essay writing. In 250 words, the test taker has to present his viewpoint on the given topic.
General Writing: Task 1 involves responding to a situation, i.e. writing a letter in 150 words. Task 2 is the same as in academic writing. The topics are of general interest.
4. Speaking: To assess proficiency in spoken English, a face-to-face interview that lasts for 11-14 minutes is conducted. It includes three parts: Introduction and Interview, Long Turn and Discussion.
Mode of test: IELTS used to be a pen and paper based test only until recently. IDP and BC have now launched computer based IELTS. Now, students have the option to choose one of these modes. However, the speaking module continues to be a face-to-face interview in both the modes.
Score: Ranges between 0 to 9 in 0.5 band increments. Each module is scored separately and a combined result is formed. A score of 9 bands indicates an expert user of the language, whereas score of 1 band indicates a non-user.
Result: In 13 calendar days (can be checked on the IELTS website)

PTE PTE or Pearson Test of English is conducted by Pearson PLC Group. Unlike IELTS, PTE is of recent origin. It is a computer-based test. It is recognised by nearly 6000 organisations across the world. There are 20 types of questions ranging from multiple choice to essay writing and data interpretation. Following are some details:

Purpose: Study, work or migration
Types of Tests:
1. PTE Academic: For people aspiring to study, work or migrate abroad
2. PTE General: For people willing to answer an internationally recognized English test to build a portfolio for travel, further education or to enhance their employment prospects
3. PTE Young Learners: For children to make their first experience of learning English memorable and motivating
The Test: It is divided into three parts:
1. Speaking and Writing (77-93 min): Contains 6 sections
2. Listening (32-41 min): Contains 5 sections
3. Reading (45-57 min): Contains 2 sections
Each task in these sections focuses on testing either a single aspect of English language or a combination of these.
Mode of test: It is a computer-based test. You have to visit the designated test location. Answers to the questions shall be typed using a keyboard. For the speaking section answers shall be recorded using a microphone.
Score: It ranges from 10 to 90. Again, individual score along with the average score is given in the result.
The score is on the basis of two parameters: Communicative Skills and Enabling Skills.
Result: Since it is a computer based assessment, result is available within 5 working days.
It is apparent that both these tests aim to test English proficiency of the non-natives but the choice of test depends on the requirement of the university, professional institute or the government of the country you want to move to. In order to prepare for these tests, you may enrol yourself in an online course and attempt IELTS or PTE mock test online.