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Difference Between IELTS, PTE and TOEFL

Although, each of these three tests is undertaken by students who wish to go abroad to give an evidence of their English skills, requirements might vary as per colleges or universities of that English speaking country.
Let’s discuss difference between IELTS, PTE and TOEFL in detail ruling out some key features of each test.

IELTS PTE TOEFL
Type Paper Based Computer Test Computer Test
Score Range 0-9 10-90 0-120
Duration 2 hours 45 minutes 3 hours 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes
Validity 2 years
Sections Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
Fee (in Rupee) 11,300 10,900 11,000

Test Format and marking criteria differs for each exam. In order to select you must know section-wise difference between IELTS, PTE and TOEFL.
Listening

IELTS (Academic) PTE (Academic) TOEFL
Length 40 minutes 45-60 minutes 40-60 minutes
Type of Questions 1 social conversation

1 social speech

1 academic conversation

1 academic speech

8 recordings in academic settings 2-3 student conversation

4-6 academic speeches or discussion

Accent Mostly British A variety of accents North American mostly.

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Reading

IELTS (Academic) PTE (Academic) TOEFL
Length 60 minutes 30-40 minutes 60-100 minutes
Content 3 academic passages 5 academic passages 4-6 academic passages

Writing

IELTS (Academic) PTE (Academic) TOEFL
Length 60 minutes 40 minutes 50 minutes
Questions Describing information present in given table, chart, graph or diagram.

Essay writing (preferably an argument).

Writing a summary after reading a passage.

Essay writing.

You need to read and listen a speaker talk about it based on which you’ll write a summary.

Essay writing.

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Speaking

IELTS PTE TOEFL
Length 15 minutes 40 minutes 20 minutes
Type Face-to-face interview Recording Recording
Content Daily topics are discussed.

Speech on given topic.

Questions are asked based on that topic.

Self-introduction.

Reading aloud.

Repeat sentences.

Image description.

Re-tell lecture and answer questions.

Questions are asked based on familiar topics.

Answer questions based on listening and reading.

IELTS General & PTE General
The IELTS and PTE General test is specially arranged for people who want to work or live in English speaking country. According to your need, you can opt for IELTS Coaching or PTE Coaching to prepare well. The format and content of IELTS General is slightly different from that of IELTS Academic. Unlike PTE Academic, PTE General consists of a written paper and a spoken test which is marked by examiners. The content of PTE General assesses takers’ communicative language ability because it is based on real life settings and materials.

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