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               PTE vs. IELTS
The English Language Proficiency of international students is tested through certain standardized tests namely TOEFL,IELTS and the most recent PTE. All the three tests have certain varying characteristics which make each of them unique. Students need to identify their strengths and weaknesses and choose the test which will help them score better.  Let us list out some key differences between these three exams: TOEFL IELTS PTE 
Out of the three IELTS is most popular and accepted by many universities worldwide.PTE is a new exam which is gaining fast popularity because of its innovative questions and partial marking scheme.
Although all the three tests have similar sections of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing, there are certain unique features which set them apart from each other. The Speaking test in IELTS is a personal conversation with a certified IELTS Examiner which is recorded. On the other hand, on both the TOEFL and the PTE Academic candidates speak into a microphone. The TOEFL Speaking is evaluated manually while the PTE Speaking is evaluated by a computer. In case of TOEFL, the Writing section involves writing essay responses based on reading and listening tasks and support an opinion in writing, while in case of IELTS Academic, questions are based on a diagram, graph, process or chart, or an argument. The writing section is clearly more challenging in TOEFL and IELTS (IELTS being the toughest).PTE, being newer, includes a lot of innovative question formats. PTE has an automated speech and writing scoring.
TOEFL scores the candidates on a range of 0 to 120.  IELTS evaluates the test takers using scores from 1 to 9. PTE Academic grades the students on a scale of 10 to 90. 
The score reports for TOEFL and IELTS are received within two weeks. PTE, results are available online in just five days. The score of TOEFL, IELTS and PTE Academic is valid for two years.

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