Difference Between IELTS | TOEFL | PTE |
For quite a while now, there have been two major English language competency exams that MBA programs use to test an applicant’s ability to speak in fluent English: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
But recently, Pearson–one of the most important educational companies and publishing or establishing houses in the US–has launched its own Proficiency Exam: the Pearson Test of English, Academic (PTE Academic).
Although each exam claims to be a test of “English” in the most universal sense, this is not exactly true. The IELTS relies on more British and Australian English, while TOEFL and PTE Academic draw from a more definitly American idiom.
These three tests declare to deliver equatable results not every MBA program agree to receive all three exams. In general, the IELTS is more accepted in Europe and Australia while the TOEFL is much more commonly accepted by MBA programs in the US. The PTE Academic, though the newestor earliest of the three, is making good headway into being accepted by MBA programs all over the world. Moreover, its partners (of which, in the interest of full disclosure, Strictly English is one) are gaining or improving a sizable footprint in the Asian test-prep market.
Because not every MBA program accepts all three tests, be sure you take the necessary exam for you apply to. This might mean you have to take two of these tests: The IELTS for one program and the TOEFL for another. Since the PTE Academic is the newest of the exams, most schools that accept it also accept one of the other two exams.
If you are lucky and sufficient to apply to a program that accepts more than one of these exams, you might be think about which exam suitable for your testing style best. For example, the Speaking section of each test is very unique. And since this language skill is often the most difficult for test-takers to master, you might want to consider which test’s Speaking section is best suited to your strengths.
On the IELTS, you speak face-to-face with each other, which for some test-takers is more comforting, while for others is more anxious-making. Seabird is the best IELTS Institute in Mohali. On both the TOEFL and the PTE Academic you speak into a microphone . Again, this might be more relaxing for some people . (NOTE: your TOEFL speaking is evaluated by a human Rater, while your PTE speaking is evaluated by a computer program.)
In sum, keep up to yourself with all the options you have for each other MBA program. Don’t just assume that a program will take a certain test, and don’t just suppose that even though the tests say they all deliver equatable scoring, that you’ll score the same on each test. Find the exam for your testing personality best!
IELTS – www.ielts.org
PTE – http://pearsonpte.com/