PTE - (Pearson Test of English Academic)
It is a highly popular exam among the people from all corners of the globe, who want to accomplish their dream of studying abroad or become a permanent resident of an English-speaking country like Australia. This well-designed computer-based test assesses the candidate's English language proficiency on his/her Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening skills.
To smash the PTE exam with an excellent score, a person has to perform well in all of these four sections.
PART 1 - Speaking & Writing
There are a number of different types of sections or question types:
PART 2 - Reading
The Reading section of the PTE is broken down into 5 sub-sections:
PART 3 - Listening
The types of questions asked are:
IELTS - International English Language Testing System
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally approved English language proficiency test for study, work and migration in Australia. IELTS offers both paper-based and computer-based English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking proficiency exams.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. IELTS has four parts – Listening (40 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
Level of English required for all Australian visas
|Visa Type||Level of English|
|482 TSS Visa||
- Medium and Long Term TSS Visa (482): IELTS 5 (no skill below 5) or equivalent
- Short-Term TSS Visa (482) : IELTS overall 5 (no skill below 4.5) or equivalent
|ENS 186 visa||IELTS 6 in all skills or equivalent|
|RSMS 187 visa||IELTS 6 in all skills or equivalent|
|Most Skilled Migration visas (189 visa, 190 visa and 491 visa & 494 visa)||
Summary of test score equivalencies
|English Language proficiency level||IELTS||TOEFL iBT||PTE Academic||OET||Cambridge (CAE)|
|Vocational||5.0||Listening & Reading 4.0 , Writing & Speaking 14||36||B||154|
|Competent||6.0||Listening: 12, Reading: 13, Writing: 21, Speaking: 18||50||B||169|
|Proficient (for points tested
|7.0||Listening & Reading: 24, Writing: 27, Speaking: 23||65||B||185|
|Superior (for points tested
|8.0||Listening: 28, Reading: 29, Writing: 30, Speaking: 26||79||A||200|