TOEFL® compared to IETLS & PTE

TOEFL iBT® vs IELTS vs PTE

The TOEFL iBT® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the most popular test of English in many parts of the world. Here in Australia, many students are familiar with the other popular English Language tests, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and PTE (Pearson Test of English).

All these tests measure the level of English proficiency amongst non-native speaker on four separate bands: Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening.

For International students, factors like the format, scoring, length, cost for each differ and can help determine which test is right for them. IELTS, TOEFL® and PTE score comparison is rampant among all those who are applying either for PR in Australia or looking for further studies in the country.

Here we discuss all these three English proficiency tests in detail.

TOEFL iBT®

The TOEFL® iBT a widely popular English Proficiency Test and is potentially the most popular English Proficiency test in the world. It’s known for being economical as well as efficient and accurate for international students.

The test is carried out by ETS (Educational Testing Services) and is comparatively among the most affordable in Australia. ETS offers this test around 50 times in a year and the selection of test date and location can be conveniently done on the ETS website.

TOEFL® iBT is hundred percent fair and unbiased and most affordable English test and is accepted for all Australian visas which makes this test most coveted over the others.

IELTS

IELST came into existence in 1989 and has been embraced by many academic institutions in the UK, the US, Australia and Canada. The test is conducted mutually by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP Educational institute.

It is also a widely acceptable English language proficiency test for higher education and for immigration applicants.

PTE

The Pearson Test of English is a computer based English language proficiency test for non- native speakers that boasts fast turnaround time in terms of results. PTE stands out for being almost entirely graded using artificial intelligence and is able to provide faster turn-around times for results by taking out the reliance on human evaluators.

  TOEFL® IELTS (Paper-based) IELTS PTE
Length of Test 4 hours, one sitting 2 hours & 45 minutes, split into two sessions for Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking 2 hours & 45 minutes, split into two sessions for Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking 3 hours, one sitting
Cost of Test* $298 $330 $340 $340
Where is it accepted? All Universities
All Visas
Most Skill Assessment bodies
All Universities
All Visas
All Skill Assessment bodies
All Universities
All Visas
All Skill Assessment bodies
All Universities
All Visas
Few Skill Assessment bodies
Test Standards Internet based
Multiple Choice
Speaking test graded by 6 different Evaluators
Paper based
Questions in Essay form
Speaking and Listening rated by a single evaluator
Internet based
Questions in Essay form
Speaking and Listening rated by a single evaluator
Internet based
Mostly Multiple Choice
Speaking test graded by AI
Score Pattern Uses a scale 0-120 Uses a scale 1-9 Uses a scale 1-9 Uses a scale 10-90
Wait time for Results 10 days 14 days 5-7 days 5-7 days
Validity All test valid for 2 years

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