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A Primer on different English Language tests for overseas education

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International students who contemplate going abroad for their overseas education have to write some form of English proficiency test. Most universities in the English speaking world including, USA, UK, Canada and Australia, require to submit scores of their English language test for consideration for admission. The main among the options available to the students are the IELTS, TOEFL and PTE. We take a look at ways to determine which test is the best for you.

Determining The Best English Language Test To Take

There are a number of considerations to take into account when deciding which English language test would be the best option when deciding to apply to study abroad. Some of them are listed below:

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    1. University admission criteria

    One of the most important criteria is to ascertain which English language test among the three does the universities where you will be applying accept. Some universities accept only one of the tests, while others accept all three.

    2. Duration of the test

    Other criteria to consider when trying deciding which test to take would be the duration of the test. Some students have difficulty concentrating for long lengths of time. For such students the TOEFL exam can prove to be unbearably long at four hours, while the PTE exam and IELTS exam at around three hours could be a better option. Moreover the IETLS can be split over two days which makes it the most bearable of the lot, duration wise.

    3. Cost of the test

    There is not a major difference in the cost of each test, although the prices can differ according to country where the test is being administered. There may be a slight variation depending on the location of the test center, so its best to do proper research to determine whether you want to give the PTE, TOEFL or IELTS.

    4. Scoring of the test

    The way in which each of the tests is scored can also be one of the important criteria for selection of the test. Each of the English language tests has a different scoring system. The IELTS is scored by an actual person, whereas the TOEFL is scored both by an automated testing system as well as a person. The PTE on the other hand is scored exclusively by computers. Students who are comfortable getting their tests scored by humans will prefer to attempt the IELTS, while those who prefer automated scoring will prefer the Pearsons Test of English, with other things remaining equal.

    5. Content of the test

    Although all of the three tests focus on the students ability to speak, read, listen and write in English, their content varies slightly. The Test of English as a foreign language for example, consists of six spoken responses as well as multiple choice questions and two essays as part of the test, whereas the IELTS exam consists of a spoken interview along with the other sections. The PTE Exam on the other hand just includes one essay and twenty different types of tasks designed to gauge the students proficiency in the language. If youre already feeling overwhelmed at the thought of having to take an English proficiency Exam, stop stressing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, some universities don’t make IELTS scores mandatory and some universities have waivers during admissions through which you can enter the US without IELTS.

It depends on the course you are taking up. For English language proficiency, the best tests to choose from are IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL.

A minimum of 60% is mandatory to be eligible to go abroad. For studying abroad, you may need to submit scores of IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, PTE, GMAT, or GRE.


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