Although both IELTS and PTE are used to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers, however, there is some difference between these two-testing systems. Let’s have a look at the differences between IELTS and PTEA.

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0 Method of Exam

One of the critical differences between IELTS and PTE is the exam method. IELTS has a computer-delivered test as well as a paper-based test. On the other hand, PTE is only a computer-based exam that is more technology-oriented. Another key difference is the Speaking test. With IELTS, a speaking test is conducted by face-to-face interview with a real human. The PTE-A test requires you to speak in a microphone with others doing the same around you.

0 Recognition

IELTS offers two versions of the test, the Academic Test and the General Training Test. IELTS is accepted globally by more than 10,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers, and Australian student visa and migration applications.

Although PTE is accepted globally by educational institutes, PTE has limited acceptance for the migration process. For example, PTE is accepted for migration in Australia, although PTE is not received in Canada for migration. On the hand, PTE offers only Academic Test. 

0 Exam Fee

Although the fee for both exams is the same, PTE requires some extra for late booking.

0 Exam Time

The length of the IELTS exam (2 hours and 50 minutes) is slightly shorter than that of PTE (3 hours and 11 minutes).

0 Result Time

Traditionally, paper-based IELTS always releases results 13 days after the test, and computer-based IELTS publish result within 2-5 calendar days. On the hand, PTE publishes the result in 5 business days.


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