The Difference Between TOEFL, IELTS & PTE

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Before deciding which test to take, you need to know the answers to two important questions:

  • Is a testing center available near you?, and
  • Is the test accepted by the schools where you want to apply?

While all three tests are available in hundreds of countries worldwide, that does not always mean that the test is available at a location and test date that is convenient (or even feasible) for you.

Your first step in deciding on a test should be to check for the closest test center for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The website should also give you a sense of how often the test is available – some centers offer the test multiple times a week, while others may only offer it once or twice a month.

And finally, it doesn’t matter how well a given test is suited to your learning or test-taking style if it isn’t accepted at the schools you want to attend.

5 Ways to Decide Which Test to Take

If all three English proficiency tests are available in your area and accepted by your target schools, it’s time to start looking at the differences between the tests themselves. Here are five elements to consider:

What is the Length of Each Test?

The TOEFL is the longest of the three tests by a significant margin, typically taking four hours to complete. The PTE generally takes 3 hours. The IELTS requires only 2 hours and 45 minutes, and it can even be split over two separate testing days.

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If you are someone who is uncomfortable taking very long tests, whether because you are easily fatigued or because your attention wanders, it may make sense to choose a shorter test. However, a longer test may offer greater opportunity to showcase your English skills.

What is the Cost of Each Test?

When it comes to cost, the three tests are roughly on par with one another. Specific cost varies by location, but in the United States the cost for the TOEFL is $190, the IELTS is $235, and the PTE is $200.

How is Each Test Scored?

Both the TOEFL and IELTS use human scorers – the TOEFL in conjunction with automated scoring, and the IELTS exclusively. The PTE uses automated scoring for all sections, with no human raters.

Some students would much prefer to have a real person interpreting their responses, while others feel most comfortable with less subjective automated scoring.

The speaking portion of the IELTS incorporates an actual face-to-face conversation with a test proctor. Depending on your preference, that can either be a much more stressful experience or a much more natural one than an exclusively computer-based test.

How is the Content of Each Test Different?

When it comes to content, all three tests assess a student’s English listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability. But they go about it in different ways.

The TOEFL is very much a typical American-style standardized test, with two essays, 6 brief spoken responses, and lots of multiple choice or fill in the blank questions.

The IELTS has a similar format, with two essays, lots of multiple choice and fill in the blank questions, and a spoken interview.

The PTE is the newest of the three tests, and avoids a lot of the typical standardized test format. The test includes just one required essay, and nearly twenty different types of questions and tasks.

How is the Format of Each Test Different?

What really sets the PTE apart is its format: most spoken questions cannot be repeated, and spoken answers have a very tight window where they can be entered.

For example, if you begin a recorded response for a question on the speaking section, and stumble over your words, you must continue – there is no option to pause or re-record your answer.

This strictness makes the PTE a very challenging option for anyone with text anxiety, or anyone who does not feel completely confident in their speaking and listening skills.

But if you feel like you have near-native level fluency, then the PTE may be just the right test for you to showcase your skills.

In sum, familiarize yourself with all the options you have for each MBA program. Don’t just assume that a program will take a certain test, and don’t just assume that even though the tests say they all deliver equatable scoring, that you’ll score the same on each test. Find the exam that suits your testing personality best!

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Extra Trial Course (Groups)

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If you think that the free 45 minutes trial lesson you recieved is not enough to see the system closely; and if you still have some questions in your mind about which course to purchase, and if you do not want to have one-to-one trial lessons, the extra 45+45 minutes trial GROUP lessons will be good for you.

These lessons are in discounted rate now for your service. (£30 – £45)

In these lessons, it does not matter which English level you are.

You will speak to your teacher on several subjects and your teacher will guide you how to improve your English and which program you should buy.

The dates and hours of the extra trial group lessons are planned and orginized according to your needs and you are placed in a suitable group.

Please remember! When you buy this package, you will have your English lessons with your teacher in a GROUP of minimum 4 and maximum 8 people.

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Free Trial Course (Groups)

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The free lessons have been planned to show you the system in English. We also deal with some English subjects very briefly.

The duration of the free trial lesson is 45 minutes.

When we gather 4 students in a group, we start the lesson.

The dates and hours of the free trial lessons are planned and orginized according to your needs and you are placed in a suitable group.

After having the 45 minutes-free trial lessons, if you feel satisfied and happy with us, then you can check our other programs and buy one program or more which is suitable to your needs.

If you think that this 45 minutes-free trial lesson is not sufficient for you to decide to buy a package of lessons, then you can purchase our 45+45 minutes paid trial lessons on a discounted price.

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Private English Tuition

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As our English courses are focused on the individual, we can guarantee significant progress day by day. Our studying options include one to one private English lessons or two to one sessions with a friend or family member. You can opt for 5, 10, 15 or 20 hours one to one or two to one tuition.

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