English Language Proficiency Tests

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers. There are two versions of the test: the Academic Module (AC) and the General Training Module (GT). The Academic module is for people wanting to follow an Academic course in abroad and the General Training Module is usually for people wanting to follow a non-academic course or for immigration. Over 2.5 million tests are taken every year and IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP Education IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IELTS is accepted by over 3000 academic institutions only in the U.S and by various professional organizations around the world. Unlike other tests IELTS is completely paper based test and no minimum score is required to pass the test. The test is structured to assess ability in all four skills viz. reading, writing, listening and speaking and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play , in your life in abroad.


Paper Content Time
Listening 40 Questions 30 Mins (Approx)
Reading 40 Questions 60 Mins
Writing 2 tasks 60 Mins
Speaking 3 parts 10 - 15 Mins


Test takers receive a maximum score of 9 for each test component - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall Band score.

The Score Grade is valid for 2 years

Band Scale

IELTS is scored on a nine band scale and there is no pass or fail. Overall band score are reported to the nearest half band.

Fact: Minimum university requirement is 6 and above.

The following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

The nine bands are described as follows:

9 Expert User Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test No assessable information provided at all.


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PTE (Pearson Test for English)

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an English language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non - native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world. It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions

The exam will include an unmarked voice recording of the candidate, which is part of advanced biometric data that should assist institutions in verifying the identity of candidates and should aid them with their admission decisions. The test will be a maximum of 3 hours long and takers can expect their results to be delivered to them, online, within 5 working days. Test scores are reported on the Global Scale of English, a standardized, numeric scale from 10 to 90 which can measure English language proficiency more precisely with reference to the widely known set of levels distinguished in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR.

Fact: Minimum university requirement is 58 and above.

PTE Test Structure

Section Question Format Time
Introduction 1 - 2 minutes
PART 1: SPEAKING &WRITING Personal Introduction
Read aloud
Repeat sentence
Describe image
Re-tell lecture
Answer short question
Summarise written text (one sentence)
Summarise written text (paragraph)
Essay (20mins)
77 - 93 minutes
PART 2: READING Multiple choice questions (x2)
Re-order paragraphs
Fill in the blanks (x2)
32 - 41 minutes
BREAK A ten minute break is optional. 10 minutes
PART 3: LISTENING Summarise spoken text
Multiple choice (x2)
Fill the blanks
Highlight the correct summary
Select missing word
Highlight incorrect words
Write from dictation
45 - 57 minutes

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The Cost of registering for PTE in India is Rs. 10900 (Note: Fee is subject to change)

TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)

Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in American universities. It is conducted by a non profit American testing agency called ETS (Educational Testing Service).The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the IELTS.

Internet Based Test (iBT) format of TOEFL introduced in 2005 which had progressively replaced the Computer Based Tests (CBS) and Paper Based Tests (PBT) although paper based testing is still used in selected areas. Like IELTS it has four sections consists of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Since TOEFL is an Internet Based Test your monitor is your examiner and test takers will have to spend four hours to complete the test.

The test cannot be taken more than once in every 12 days

Task Description Approximate Time
Reading 3-5 passages, each containing 12-14 questions 60-100 minutes
Listening 6-9 passages, each containing 5-6 questions 60-90 minutes
Break Mandatory break 10 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 60 minutes

One of the sections of the test will include extra, uncounted material.

Fact: Minimum university requirement is 70 and above.


The TOEFL iBT test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points.

Each of the four sections Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 0 to 30. The scaled scores from the four sections are added together to determine the total score.

Each speaking question is initially given a score of 0 to 4, and each writing question is initially given a score of 0 to 5. These scores are converted to scaled scores of 0 to 30.

The Score is valid for 2 years

Comparing TOEFL Score with IELTS
IELTS Score TOEFL Score IELTS Description
9 118-120 Expert User
8.5 115-117 Very Good User
8 110-114
7.5 102-109 Good User
7 94-101
6.5 79-93 Competent User
6 60-78
5.5 42-59 Modest User
5 35-41
4.5 32-34 Limited User
0-4 0-31 Extremely Limited/Intermittent/Non User

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