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IELTS or PTE?

by admin on March 16th, 2017

A common question that people are faced with is whether to take coaching for IELTS or PTE.

The answer is not simple or straight forward. However, in this post, we will try to help you take a call.

First, IELTS is an older and a more widely accepted test than the PTE. Be it for immigration (IELTS General) or education (IELTS Academic), IELTS is one of the most widely accepted tests across the globe. PTE (PTE Academic, PTE General)on the other hand is a more recent test, and as a result does not have as wide an acceptance as the IELTS.

Bottom line: If you want the widest possible levels of acceptance, or if you are not sure about where you want to go, but want to be ready, take IELTS.

Second, PTE is a completely computer based test, while IELTS is a paper based test. This is a huge factor for a lot of people. In the speaking section, some are more comfortable talking to a live examiner, while others prefer speaking in their own privacy. Some like reading on the screen, some prefer reading on paper. The best way to decide is to take a free sample test of PTE and a sample test of IELTS before deciding.

Bottom line: If you have terrible handwriting or if you are more comfortable reading on screen than reading on paper, take the PTE. If you are among those that like pen and paper tests and are more comfortable marking and underlining reading material, take the IELTS.

Finally, PTE gives out scores faster. It takes 13 days before you get your IELTS score, and a few days more for you to get the IELTS score cards. PTE gives out scores in 5 days and reports most of your scores for free.

Bottom line: If you need test dates in a hurry, you will easily get PTE test dates in short notice. The same goes for results. If you want to take your time, and do stuff  in a leisurely and planned manner, and have the patience to wait, then start looking for IELTS test dates.

Happy hunting!

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