Do you need a fast and fair English test?

PTE Academic is the English test trusted by universities, colleges and governments around the world. It is the fastest computer-based English test and allows you to demonstrate language skills.

 

  • English test results typically available within 5 business days.
  • Computer based marking ensures all test takers are scored impartially and accurately.
  • Accepted by universities and colleges in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Germany and more.
  • Approved for all Australian and New Zealand visa and migration applications.

PTE Academic compared

PTE Academic IELTS TOEFL iBT
Booking a test
Booking & Registration Register and pay online up to 24 hours in advance.* Online or in person. Many centers close registration some time before the test. 1 Registration online, by mail or by phone up to 4 days prior to test date. 6
Test availability Up to 365 test days each year globally Fixed test sessions per year. Computer based IELTS more frequent where available. 2 Offered more than 50 times a year globally. 7
Locations Over 250 test centres worldwide. Multiple locations worldwide. Multiple locations worldwide.
The test
Duration Single 3 hour session
(optional 10 minute break).
Around 3 hours and can be delivered in 2 sessions over different days in some locations. 3 Test totals 4 hours (with a mandatory 10 minute break). 8
Format Test comprises 3 parts:
  • Speaking and writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
Test comprises 4 parts:
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
Test comprises 4 parts:
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
Delivery Computer based and 100% computer marked. Paper based test and Computer based with interviews marked by examiners. 2 Administered on a computer. Both automated and human scoring. 9
The test
Results Available 5 business days or less (typically). Paper test: 13 days 4 Computer test: 5-7 days. 2 10 days (approximately). 10
Accessing & submitting results Unlimited number of institutions free. Results are available online. Up to 5 institutions for free, then an additional fee applies. 4 Up to 4 score assignments before test session. Fees apply for additional reports. 11
Score Comparison Scored on a scale from 10 - 90 with an extremely accurate and consistent results. Scored on a 9 point band scale. 5 Scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points with each section receiving a score from 0 to 30. 12

*A late booking fee applies for the test booked within 48 hours of test sessions

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PTE Academic is accepted by all Australian universities as well as professional associations. View the full list of who accepts PTE Academic in Australia and worldwide.

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Sources:

  1. IELTS: How do I register? https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/how-do-i-register | August 2018
  2. Computer-delivered IELTS https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/computer-delivered-ielts | August 2018
  3. IELTS: Test format https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format | August 2018
  4. IELTS: Getting your results https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/getting-your-results | August 2018
  5. How IELTS is scored https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/how-ielts-is-scored | August 2018
  6. Register for the TOEFL iBT Test https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register | August 2018
  7. TOEFL iBT Test Centers and Dates https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/centers_dates/ | August 2018
  8. TOEFL iBT Test Content https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/content/ | August 2018
  9. TOEFL iBT Test Scores https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/ | August 2018
  10. Getting Your TOEFL iBT Test Scores https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/get/ | August 2018
  11. Sending Your TOEFL iBT Test Scores https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/send/ | August 2018
  12. Understanding Your TOEFL iBT Test Scores https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/understand/ | August 2018