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How PTE and IELTS compare

How PTE and IELTS compare

Heard of IELTS, but thinking about trying PTE?

Our test takers report that compared with IELTS, PTE feels less stressful, easier to prepare for, and - of course - you get your results faster.

“PTE was a lifesaver”

“Honestly speaking, compared to IELTS, PTE was a lifesaver and a breath of fresh air...PTE is much simpler and it’s easier to do. And you get the results faster. That was my main selling point to take PTE.”  Poornima, India

"I got the score I needed, first time"

“I got the score I needed, first time. Honestly, I didn’t believe it. I got 79 in listening! I did well in the other sections too, but I really didn’t expect it. You have to be like Shakespeare to get a high score in IELTS writing!” Amr Saeed, Qatar

Why choose PTE instead of IELTS?

Frequent test dates

We run regular test dates with last-minute availability in over 350 test centers across the globe.

Fast results

PTE scores are typically available in just 48 hours.

Single test session

Unlike IELTS, you take PTE in one single sitting, in just two hours. You don't have to spend the day waiting for your speaking exam.

Different writing tasks

Many people report that you have to "write like Shakespeare" to score well in the IELTS writing section. With PTE, your writing skills are partly assessed by a short essay-writing task, but also through other questions.

No need to speak to an examiner

Does speaking to an examiner make you nervous? PTE is all completed via computer, so you don't need to speak to an examiner.

Unbiased results

Have you ever felt like your IELTS examiner might be having a bad day, might not understand your accent or simply doesn't like you? With PTE, you are scored by computer, so every score is assessed objectively and consistently, wherever you are in the world.

Unlimited score reports

With PTE, you can send your score to as many institutions as you like, free of charge. We believe that your score belongs to you - so you should be able to share it as much as you like.

Simple preparation

Preparing for and taking IELTS can feel like "a marathon". With PTE, we have designed scored practice tests, so you can check what your score might be, and tailor your study plan accordingly.

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How PTE & IELTS compare

Find out how the questions in each of the two tests compare, so you can see how to prepare for PTE if you've already prepared for IELTS.

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How our scores compare

Already know which IELTS band score you need? View the PTE scores you might need to get a rough idea of how they compare. Before you take PTE, make sure you check the minimum required score with your institution.

'This is the best English test I've ever taken. During the course of studying it, I've improved my English...Unlike other English tests, such as GRE, TOFEL, and IELTS, PTE academic is very pragmatic and prepares people for college academic life, including presentations, lectures, etc.'

Longfei Shentu, China

'One of the best English exams compared to IELTS or TOEFL. Results come faster and the exam is systematic and computer-based, so it's not biased compared to other English exams.'

Salman Abbas, Malaysia

The best thing about PTE is giving the test on computers. Unlike IELTS, you don't need to take speaking section separately and you get the result in 4-5 business days. I got mine on the next day!!!. Its format is fairly easy to understand and lots of materials are available online to help you.'

Jagrut G Sharma, India

Interested in what PTE feels like, compared with IELTS?