IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work in countries where English is the primary language for communication. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment
PTE Academic (The Pearson Test of English Academic) is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. PTE Academic is a multi-level test, like IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC. One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly.
The reading component consist of two parts, one is Academic and other one is General, as mostly students opt for Academic the pattern is expounded below. But in General IELTS, the Candidate has to undergo easer reading session which are generally of lower standard.
The writing component consist of two parts, one is Academic and other one is General, as mostly students opt for Academic the pattern which is bit tough. But in General IELTS, the Candidate has to undergo Letter writing session. Task two carries more weight in your final band score than Task one. Remember that illegible handwriting will reduce your final score.
The IELTS speaking test takes around 11 to 15 minutes and is in the form of an interview. The interview will most probably seem like a friendly conversation which typically covers some aspects of your past, present and future situations.
The IELTS listening test takes approximately 30 minutes. The listening material is recorded on a cassette tape/ CD/ DVD which you will hear only once. At the end of the recorded material you will be given ten minutes to copy your answers in the answer sheet.