If you are planning to take an exam to prove your English language skills, then there are three most popular options available named as IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and PTE (Pearson Test of English).
Which one is better than the other? Is IELTS better than TOEFL, or TOEFL is superior to PTE or PTE has more scope as compared to IELTS? IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE? These questions come across the minds of every student, therefore here is a guide to help students in deciding which English language exam they must opt for.
There are top six differences in IELTS, PTE and TOEFL such as:
IELTS test is more inclined towards the UK or Australian English, whereas, TOEFL or the PTE tests are more inclined towards American English. For this reason, people who prefer admission to Australian university opt for IELTS as the test is as per Australian English.
Multiple Choice VS Short Answers
For the reading and listening sections, the student is obliged to answer the questions for IELTS and have to come up with their own answers, whereas, for TOEFL there are mostly choices between the answers and students have to select the most appropriate one. PTE is different, it comprises both the scenarios where the students have to come up with their own answers as well as there are multiple questions with optional answers and students are asked to select the best possible one.
Usage of Text for Reading Section
In the reading section of both tests, there are several passages, the difference is that IELTS uses academic texts as well as text from magazines and newspapers, whereas, TOEFL only uses academic text making it difficult with the highly dense vocabulary used.
Computer-Based VS Paper Based
All the official and final answers are to be made on the computer when it comes to TOEFL as well as PTE, whereas, for International English Language Testing Services there is a choice of choosing either computer-based examination or written one.
But IELTS and TOEFL are rated and graded by humans only, but when it comes to PTE, it answers are graded automatically through a computerized system. PTE exam sample papers are also available easily.
Usage of Text for Reading Section
In the reading section of these tests, there are several passages, the difference is that IELTS uses academic texts as well as text from magazines and newspapers, whereas, TOEFL, as well as PTE, only uses academic text making it difficult with the highly-dense vocabulary used. Due to the highly integrated skill test, TOEFL and PTE are difficult to read on various occasions.
Computer-Based Speaking VS Oral Interview
For the speaking section, TOEFL and PTE both opt for computerized conversation where the student listens to a recording and answers via a microphone. In IELTS, the conversation is with a real human. This is the biggest difference as some people prefer one-to-one interaction over talking to a computer.
Test Review and Acceptance
PTE test score is available in five business days, TOEFL scores are posted online within 10 days after the examination and IELTS releases the results within 13 days.
TOEFL is what most of the MBA programs in the US require, whereas, PTE has an international acceptance rate especially when it comes to MBA. IELTS is the only test that has higher rates of acceptance in Europe and Australia so those students who wish to study abroad especially study in Australian universities they should opt for IELTS.
Even though IELTS, PTE and TOEFL are the three most common and prevalent English Language proficiency exam but in the debate of which is better, people prefer IELTS over TOEFL and PTE. The reason is its in-depth analysis, conversation with humans, not to expert level vocabulary, the opportunity to write instead of giving computerized examination, etc.
In Pakistan, PTE is favourable but since the examination is now available in Pakistan whereas people used to go to Dubai for PTE exam preparation. PTE exam format is more like TOEFL but much successful as compared to IELTS, but due to low popularity in the country students have to divert towards IELTS. Think Higher is now going to introduce tuition classes for PTE in Pakistan and now students can study in their own country without any problem.
If you are opting for IELTS or PTE then Think Higher Consultant provides free training for IELTS and PTE while helping students in getting higher IELTS points and PTE points and an opportunity to get admission in an Australian university. We are a registered education agent in Australia and provides study abroad facilities, especially in Australia.
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