IELTS vs PTE: Which English test should I choose?

Are you indecisive about which English test to make?

Have a look at the post below to understand the differences between IELTS and PTE.


The IELTS proficiency test is one of the most popular as it is accepted by more than 10,000 organizations worldwide. The certificate issued has a duration of two years, and it is necessary to repeat the test after this period.

There are two types: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

The IELTS General Training test features everyday English in a social or workplace context and is for test takers applying for secondary education, work experience, or training programs in an English-speaking country.

The IELTS Academic test features academic English and tasks for test-takers applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking country.

The IELTS Speaking test is face-to-face with a human examiner in a private and quiet room with no other test-takers. IELTS Speaking examiners may repeat or rephrase a question upon request.

In computer-delivered IELTS you may skip questions and come back to them to complete or check your answer at a later time.

The IELTS Writing and Speaking tests are marked by English experts following globalmarking standards. The Reading and Listening tests are auto-marked.

Length of the test:

  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Listening (30-36 minutes)
  • Speaking (11-14 minutes)
  • Maximum total test time: 170 minutes


The PTE Academic is an English test that you can use to prove your English ability as part of all Australian visa applications.

PTE Academic uses academically relevant tasks to measure skills in an integrated way. It is a test of English for study abroad and immigration.

The certificate is accepted by all Australian universities and professional associations and state government departments.

One of the differentials of this test is that it is done entirely on the computer, without the evaluation of a specific person, and the result usually comes out within five working days.

In the Speaking test, PTE Academic test takers are tested by their ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment (reading aloud in a partitioned booth with other test-takers in the room).

The Speaking test microphone will switch off automatically if a test taker is silent for more than 3 seconds.

In PTE Academic you can only navigate forward through questions and you must correct mistakes before moving onto the next question.

All tests in PTE Academic are machine scores using PTE Academic’s automated scoring system.

Length of the test:

  • Part 1: Speaking and writing (77-93 minutes)
  • Part 2: Reading (32-41 minutes)
  • Part 3: Listening (45-57 minutes)
  • Maximum total test time: 191 minutes
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