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IELTS & PTE

IELTS

ABOUT

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

ACCEPTANCE

IELTS is acceptable for people applying for higher education or professional registration in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK.

CONDUCTED BY

IELTS is co-owned by three bodies, the British Council, IDP, and Cambridge Assessment. The exams conducted by British Council and IDP are the most popular in India.

FORMAT

IELTS is available in two formats: Academic and General, but for people applying for higher education, they need to opt for Academic IELTS only. IELTS is divided into four sections - Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. While the Speaking section, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests; the other three sections are completed on the same day. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes

SCORING

IELTS is scored on a scale of 0-9 in each of the four sections, with an increment of 0.5. The composite score is the average of the four sectional scores, rounded off upwards to the nearest 0.5.

VALIDITY

IELTS scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of receipt.

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PTE

ABOUT

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is a computer-based English language test accepted by universities, colleges, and governments around the world. The overall score in PTE reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

ACCEPTANCE

PTE Academic scores are accepted by many colleges all around the world for admission purposes, and also by the countries of Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Canada for immigration purposes.

CONDUCTED BY

As the name suggests, the PTE Academic is conducted by Pearson Inc.

FORMAT

The PTE Academic is a three-hour exam, divided into three parts – Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening.
Part 1- Speaking and Writing (77-93 minutes)
Part 2- Reading (32-40 minutes)
Part 3- Listening (45-57 minutes)
Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done sitting at a computer in a secure test environment.

SCORING

PTE is graded using the Global Scale of English. The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

VALIDITY

PTE Academic Test scores are valid for a period of two years.

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