The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) are three widely-accepted standardized tests measuring English language ability for non-native English speakers. What is the difference between them?

First, let’s take a look at the difference between IELTS Academic, TOEFL and PTE Academic.

IELTS Academic vs TOFEL vs PTE Academic  

IELTS Academic vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic-magoosh

Detailed difference in assessing four skills

From the chart above, we can see that IELTS Academic, PTE Academic and TOFEL assess takers all of the four skills. Here are the detailed difference of the four sections in these tests.


IELTS Academic listening vs TOEFL listening vs PTE Academic listening-magoosh


IELTS Academic reading vs TOEFL reading vs PTE Academic reading-magoosh


IELTS Academic writing vs TOEFL writing vs PTE Academic writing-magoosh


IELTS Academic speaking vs TOEFL speaking vs PTE Academic speaking-magoosh

IELTS General and PTE General

Both IELTS Academic test and PTE Academic test are designed for students who want to study in English speaking countries. The IELTS and the PTE also have a general test for people who want to work or live in those countries.

The format and content of IELTS General is slightly different from that of IELTS Academic.  (Check out the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General. )

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.

Based on these differences between IELTS, TOEFL and PTE, choose the one suits your need and work hard for it!


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