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What Is IELTS & PTE?

IELTS and PTE are two different English language tests. Both of these tests are used for immigration purposes only. IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System, which has test scores ranging from a minimum of 4 to 9. The last one is the Pearson Test of English or PTE. It also has a score range, but the average score is around 80. It is not an official test.

The primary purpose of both these tests is to measure your ability to speak and understand the English language as it is taught in schools worldwide. In other words, they are standardized tests designed to determine whether you should receive a certificate proving that you passed an English course at school. IELTS tests are administered by Cambridge ESOL Ltd., Pearson VUE Inc., Worthy Professional Educators Ltd., etc. Pearson PLC conducts PTE examinations on behalf of the British Council.


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It tests your ability to use, understand and communicate in English. The test lasts for around 2 hours. There are four sections: Listening – 50 minutes, Reading – 40 minutes, Writing – 45 minutes and Speaking – 35 minutes. Each section is worth 20% of your total grade.

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PTE or Pearson Test of English as a Foreign language has five different papers that you can choose from. You have 3 hours to complete each paper. PTE has two parts: Part 1 and Part 2 . There are many questions on any of these papers. You may be asked to do simple things like repeat sentences back to the examiner. Or other more complex tasks such as giving details of something or writing an essay.

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