Are you like thousands of students who on a daily basis contemplate whether they should appear for IELTS or PTE exam? If the answer is yes, then you have come to a right place. In order to clear the queries of numerous students Englishfirm has compiled a set of pros and cons of both the test so it will be easier for you to make a decision on. Please, read further to decide which best suits your requirement and remember Englishfirm is the leading expert in both the types of examination so whichever you choose we have your back and will help you to achieve your score with flying color’s.

1. Exam Format :

PTE is a computerized test where as if you were more of a writer than typer then IELTS is provided in both the formats that is computer based and paper based. As not everyone is comfortable with typing or sitting infront of computers then one should opt for IELTS due to paper based format which are just like writing an exam at school. However, if you are comfortable with computers then one should go with PTE because of easy and user friendly format.

2. Scoring Criteria :

PTE and IELTS both tests four attributes of a language that is reading, writing, listening and speaking. However, the scoring is vastly different for both of them. In PTE all scores are interrelated to each other which means if you do well in one module you get good scores for other ones as well. In comparison to this IELTS module scoring is individual which means if you do well in Speaking you get good score in speaking only. Both of the scoring has some major advantages and disadvantages to them as doing bad in one module can have disastrous effect on other module whereas doing well can have great effects on other modules too. So if your target is to get overall band and not individual band go for IELTS otherwise PTE is the way.

3. Exam Pattern :

IELTS exam is bit too academically focused where not only English but your knowledge on the subject also plays a role whereas PTE exam tests more of your basic understanding and is more interactive and easier to attempt.

4. Difficulty Level:

IELTS is a bit difficult in comparison to PTE. As PTE is scored by a software there are many loopholes to it and if you know the correct strategies you can easily get the desired result in first go whereas fo IELTS your basic English needs to be strong to get a good score especially for writing section.

5. Grammar and Vocabulary :

On one hand PTE doesn’t play a major emphasis on your grammar and spelling as they are not a major deciding factor. On the other hand they play a very crucial role in IELTS. If you are confident with your grammar then you should apply for IELTS otherwise PTE would be the best decision.

6. Purpose :

Finally the purpose why you are sitting for these exams are important. If you are sitting for immigration or study purpose here in Australia or New Zealand then PTE is the right choice. However, if you want to migrate to Canada or U.S.A or study in U.K then IELTS is widely acceptable and it would be best to appear for IELTS. Whatever test you choose Englishfirm offers best guidance for both of them and you can book a free demo with us to clear any queries and get a deeper insight on both of these exams.


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