There are many English language tests that fall under the requirements of the universities of different countries. TOEFL, Duo-lingo, IELTS, and PTE are some of the most common tests that students take before applying to Universities. If you are confused about which test to be taken this article is for you.

What is the IELTS exam?

The International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is a standardized English proficiency test that can be used for entry into English-speaking universities or as part of visa requirements. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English. Over 10,000 organizations worldwide accept IELTS as proof of language ability.

The IELTS exam is evaluated on the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. It consists of 40 questions in listening divided into 4 sections, 40 questions in reading categorized into 3 passages, two questions in writing and 3 parts questions in speaking The IELTS format includes consecutive tests of 3 modules(listening, reading, and writing)in a day and a speaking test is done the other day. The IELTS exam is graded on a scale of 1-9. The results are published within 2 weeks from the exam date as it is checked by humans.

IELTS Exam Duration

The duration of the exam is 2 hours 40 minutes consists of 40 minutes of the listening test, 60 minutes of a reading test, and 60 minutes of a writing test in a day and a speaking test is done the other day which takes around 10-15 minutes.

What is the PTE exam?

Pearson Language Test is the new English proficiency test that was launched by the UK in 2009. Like IELTS it has 3 parts: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. PTE academics are only applicable to those students who are applying to study abroad. Even though PTE is still relatively new it is accepted by most around the globe. United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and France are some of the leading countries to accept PTE. However, one should do some research on the requirements before taking classes.

PTE Format

PTE Exam format includes 20 different questions which test Speaking & Writing skills, Reading skills, and Listening skills. The exams are evaluated via AI so the results are published within 48 hours. The maximum score in PTE is 90 points. There will be individual scoring for each module. One can register for the PTE exam online on the available dates.

PTE Exam Duration

The exam duration is 3 hours including 54 – 67 minutes of speaking and writing, 29 – 30 minutes of reading, and 30 – 43 minutes of listening.

IELTS Vs. PTE Which One is Easier?

  1. Comparatively, although having some drawbacks, if you are an introvert and have problems having face-to-face interaction then PTE is a better option for you. However, IELTS has a better speaking qualification test so if you have better vocabulary then you could achieve more points.
  2. If you are more used to the computer then PTE could hold an advantage.

IELTS vs. PTE Main Differences

Although both of the tests are English language tests there are major differences among them.

IELTS vs. PTE Validity Duration

Both of the language tests: PTE and IELTS have validity for 2 years.

IELTS vs. PTE Score Comparison

Although PTE is accepted in most universities, the evaluation is done in terms of a score of IELTS. The comparison is given below:

PTE Score
Original Updated IELTS Score
30 23 4.5
36 29 5
42 36 5.5
50 46 6
58 56 6.5
65 66 7
73 76 7.5
79 84 8
83 89 8.5
86 N/A 9

Study IELTS or PTE at Nepal Education Consultancy

Nepal Education Consultancy offers express IELTS classes and normal IELTS as well as PTE classes with everyday mock tests after midday and a full day on Sunday. You can visit the office and consult with expert counselors for proper guidance.


At last, the language tests are only for the requirements which prove that you can understand, communicate and sustain in the English-speaking country. Both the tests are accepted and one can choose according to your preference. If you could not achieve the expected marks or as per the requirements of the university you can take a retest as soon as the result is published. You can book a date online.