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The Battle of Language Exams: PTE vs. IELTS in 5 Key Aspects

The Battle of Language Exams: PTE vs. IELTS in 5 Key Aspects

Do you want to study abroad but don’t know which test to take? The PTE and IELTS are two of the most popular English language tests, but which one is right for you?

In this article, we’ll take a look at the similarities and differences between the PTE and IELTS exams. Knowing these differences can help you make an informed decision and choose the right exam for your situation.


  • English Language Proficiency Test:
    Similarities and Differences 1
    PTE (Pearson Test of English) and IELTS (International English Language Testing Standard) both test your English proficiency, but in different ways. PTE is conducted in partnership by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP education whereas PTE is conducted in association with Edexcel which is one of the largest examining entities in the U.K.
  • Test versions:
    Test versions
    Both IELTS and PTE offer academic and general versions. The former is for the students who want to pursue their studies in English-speaking countries and the latter is for the people who want to migrate to an English-speaking country.
  • Cost:
    Even though PTE might seem a bit cheaper than IELTS, the cost of both exams is pretty similar depending on the country.
  • Focus Area:
    Focus Area
    Both exams measure your abilities in four areas: listening, speaking, writing and reading.
  • Exam Content:
    Exam Content
    The exam content is similar, with both exams containing grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and reading comprehension.


  • Acceptance:
    Similarities and Differences 2
    Even though both exams are accepted by universities and other institutions worldwide, IELTS has a wider range of acceptance
  • Exam Format:
    Exam Format
    The format of the PTE and IELTS exams is different. The PTE is shorter and uses more computer-based questions, while the IELTS is a longer, paper-based exam.
  • Test Results:
    Test Results
    The PTE is marked automatically and the results are available within 5 working days, whereas the IELTS is marked manually and can take up to three weeks.
  • Availability:
    PTE is more widely available than IELTS with more test centers in more countries.
  • Time:
    PTE is easier to prepare for, as the exam is shorter and more focused. At the same time, PTE has a more generous time limit, with some sections being slightly longer than the IELTS.

In conclusion, both the PTE and IELTS are excellent tests for anyone looking to study abroad. Before deciding on one, you should weigh up the similarities and differences. Knowing which areas the exams differ in can help you make an informed decision. Be sure to follow us for more information regarding PTE. You can also try our AI Portal AIWAS Plus.

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