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PTE scoring and score comparison

Explore how we score PTE Academic, and how our scores compare to IELTS.

PTE scoring and score comparison

Explore how we score PTE Academic, and how our scores compare to IELTS.

Measured against the Global Scale of English

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English – a granular score scale from 10–90. Students receive an overall score on this scale, which gives an accurate assessment of their English ability.

Understanding PTE scoring comparison

Table showing comparison between PTE scores and those of IELTS and TOEFL.

Comparison with IELTS and TOEFL

These concordance tables show how PTE Academic scores align with scores from IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT.

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Updated PTE and IELTS Academic concordance

In December 2020, we released research showing updated concordance between PTE Academic and IELTS Academic. PTE scores and scoring have not changed.  

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Need help setting PTE score guidance?

If you are a university and you would like guidance on setting your score requirement for your foundation, undergraduate, or postgraduate study programs, please contact us or read more about the Global Scale of English.

Understanding automated scoring

Video thumbnail for the video, 'Learn how PTE Academic uses AI to mark tests'

Our automated scoring system is based on complex algorithms that were trained by testing a data sample of over 10,000 students with over 120 native languages.

We fed thousands of human marks into our system and now find that the standard error measurement between our system and a human rater is less than between one human rater to another. Hear our experts talk about automated scoring via YouTube or view our white paper.

Download scoring white paper (PDF)

Understanding the Score Report

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With PTE Academic, students receive a detailed picture of their language proficiency, covering their overall English score, as well as scores for individual sub-skills.

Each report shows:

  • An overall score (from 10–90)

  • Communicative skills scores (for Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing)

  • Enabling skills scores (for grammar, spelling, oral fluency, vocabulary, and written discourse)

Download our score report guide

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Published research

Findings from Pearson-led and external research about PTE Academic.

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Technical Advisory Group

Meet the experts providing assessment and guidance on test development.

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