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Scoring comparison

How we score our tests: the Global Scale of English

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English, a global English language standard that aligns with a variety of well-known tests and scales around the world.

It has a thermometer-style scoring scale of 10-90, which gives you an accurate overview of your skills. Find out more about the Global Scale of English.

How our score compares to IELTS and TOEFL

Based on our research into the relationship between the PTE Academic test, the IELTS Academic test, and TOEFL, we have developed the following comparison tables as a guide to show how PTE scores relate to other score bands.

These are a guide only; we always advise you to check with the university or college you are applying to for details of their PTE score requirements.

Updates to our scoring comparisons

In December 2020, we released research showing updated score alignment – called concordance –between PTE Academic and IELTS Academic. PTE scores and scoring have not changed. View the full report.