There are four commonly accepted tests for student visa applications by most of the English medium study destination countries: IELTS, PTE, TOEFL iBT and CAE.
What is IELTS?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education. Officially started in 1984, more than 10,000 organizations globally trust IELTS. The IELTS test score is valid for 2 years. In most countries, the IELTS test is hosted by the British Council and IDP.
The IELTS test is meant to evaluate your English language proficiency across four areas:
Each skill has its individual scores, along with a final overall score. These scores are calculated between 0 to 9, with 0 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.
It takes AUD 355 approximately to book an IELTS test date.
Which one is the right test for you?
There are two IELTS tests available:
Academic: This test measures whether your level of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic environment. It shows aspects of academic language and assesses whether you’re ready to begin studying.
General training: This test measures your level of English language proficiency in a practical, everyday scenario, including both workplace and social situations.
What is PTE?
Pearson English Language Test (PTE) is an unbiased English proficiency testing standard for study abroad and immigration. Trusted by universities, colleges and governments around the world, it is fast, fair and convenient.
Which one is the right test for you?
There are two PTE tests available:
Academic: This test measures whether your level of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic setting. It shows aspects of academic language and assesses whether you’re ready to begin studying. The scores of the PTE Academic exam are valid for a period of two years.
General training: This test measures your level of English language proficiency in a practical, everyday scenario, including both workplace and social situations. The PTE General Test scores are valid for life
- Artificial intelligence
The scoring in PTE is done via Artificial Intelligence (AI), meaning that your English language skills are assessed by an algorithm that mimics how human evaluators would score. This algorithm is based on a substantial number of responses, which entails that you’re graded only on what you say.
- Unbiased scoring
Since PTE is graded by AI against thousands of previous responses, the scoring is unbiased.
- Flexible testing and fast results
PTE is fast, flexible and convenient. Test results are typically out within 48 hours of taking the test. Furthermore, PTE offers global testing in more than 295 test centers in over 50 countries.
PTE is accepted as a standard for study applications by thousands of academic programs globally. It is also approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand student visa applications.
The PTE test is meant to evaluate your English language proficiency based on four modules:
While the Speaking and Writing modules are combined in one session, Listening and Reading have separate sections. From MCQs to essay writing, reading out sentences to choosing a proper word, there are twenty types of question formats.
It takes AUD 375 approximately to book an PTE test date.
What is TOEFL iBT?
Accepted by more than 11,000 universities in over 150 countries, the TOEFL iBT® test helps students stand out confidently in English and show they have what it takes to succeed. The computer-delivered TOEFL iBT test measures all 4 academic English skills — reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The total test takes about 3 hours to complete. It is widely accepted by almost 9 out of 10 universities in the USA, and almost every education institution in Australia and the UK.
What is CAE?
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) also known as Cambridge English: Advanced is an advance level English language examination provided by Cambridge Assessment English. CAE is taken by people from over 60 different countries who are seeking opportunities to work or study abroad. The test has four sections – reading, writing, listening and speaking and can be taken on a computer or on paper. It is accepted by UK, Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand for immigration purposes.