If you are non native English speaker and looking forward to study abroad, then you may have to qualify some exams like TOEFL, IELTS and PTE. These three exams are associated to the tests that you have to qualify before taking admission in any university or collage. There are so many colleges in different countries which require TOEFL/IELTS /PTE qualified students. They don’t allow non native English speaker as it may be problematic for them in future.
These exams are associated with reading, writing, listening and learning skills. A candidate should be proficient in listening, writing, reading and speaking English. These exams are related with simple English language and not with grammar or other complications of this language. It makes you capable to deal with English in job and university. These three tests are for the same purpose but you should better understand the differences.
PTE and IELTS tests are taken by the students who wish to pursue in English speaking countries. These are the general tests that people have to qualify in order to live and work in these countries. Students trying to pursue a degree from a foreign university need to overcome the obstacle of clearing the English language skills by taking any of the three examinations;
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
It is conducted by ETS (Educational Test System) and the result is accepted across the countries. The duration of exam may be 3 hours to 4 hours. This is a computer based test. The score range is 0-120. This score is valid for 2 years. The exam has different section include speaking, writing, reading and listening.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
It is the test taken for study and work environment as it is available in two formats, IELTS Academic and IELTS general training. The test duration is 2 hours 45 minutes. This is a paper based test. Score range is 0-9 and this score is valid for 2 years. The different sections include speaking, writing, reading and listening.
- PTE (Pearson Test of English)
It is a computer-based examination that checks a candidates English skills (read, listen, write) to immigrate or get admission in the foreign university. The test duration is 3 hours. This is a computer based test and score range is 10-90. This score is valid for 2 years. Different test sections include listening, reading and speaking & writing.
The three tests measure the non-native student’s ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend the English language.
Difference between the Tests
Though the tests examine the English skills of the people, it has some differences like;
- IELTS is taken by students trying to immigrate to UK or Austria while TOEFL and PTE are inclined to the USA.
- IELTS has a face-to-face interview with examiner while the other two requires answering through a microphone.
- PTE is free of human intervention, but the other exams have human evaluators.
Students need to check the requirements posted for getting admission in a university or immigrating to a country to understand which test suits them best. We have mentioned the differences that help choose right one that suit your need.