Here’s a comparison of TOEFL, IELTS and PTEA exams all of which are taken to prove the English proficiency of students for college admissions abroad.
I have considered 15 factors that have been used to compare these tests taken by non-native English speaking students applying for admission to U.S. colleges and universities.
TOEFL and IETLS are widely accepted tests. The new PTEA is slowly being accepted by a lot of schools, but it’s still not that popular as TOEFL or IELTS.
I think that has got to do with the brand name recognition among test givers and takers, as well as the availability of test prep resources.
TOEFL vs. IELTS vs. PTEA
|What is||Test of English as Foreign Language||International English Language Testing System||Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)|
|How Much?||Internet Based Test – $170 USA; $165 – India||USA – $185 from Dec. 3, 2009; RS 7200 – India||$170 – USA; $160 – India|
|Test Content||Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing|
|Reading||60 to 100 Minutes||60 Minutes||32 to 41 minutes|
|Listening||60 to 90 Minutes||30 Minutes||45 to 57 minutes|
|Speaking||20 Minutes||11 to 14 Minutes||77 to 93 minutes|
|Writing||50 Minutes||60 Minutes|
|Total Score||0 to 120||Overall Band Score, on a scale from 1 to 9||10 to 90|
|Score Reports||Printed score reports. Mailed approximately 2 weeks after your test. Online Results Available, too.||Results just 13 days after the test. Reports Mailed. Some centers send SMS alerts or Online Results.||Online Score report ONLY. Scores available 5 Business Days after test.|
|Score Forwarding||4 Universities for free||5 Universities free of charge.||Scores can be reported online.|
|Additional Reports||$17 per University||Cannot find info in website||Free to any number of Universities.|
|Accepted at?||7,000+ colleges, universities and licensing agencies in more than 130 countries||2,000 US universities;||About 50 US Universities (We manually counted), More Universities are being added.|
|Scores Reporting Time||Online orders mailed 4-7 business days after request. Mail or fax orders, mailed 2 weeks after request.||Cannot find Score forwarding info from website.||Test Reports will be made available in 24 hours after reporting the scores online.|
|Website Usability||Very Easy to find the required Info||Can be improved. Some of the required information for test takers is hard to find.||Website much better than IELTS, but having sections like ETS site will make the job easier for test takers.|
|Comments||Widely Accepted; Online Score Reporting; Takes longer to get scores.||Recently, US Universities are accepting IELTS. Might take longer time for students to consider taking IELTS for US school admission at least in India, unless they make it really cheap.||Free Score forwarding. Faster Scores availability, Online score reporting. It will take time to reach the students. TOEFL and IELTS sound easier to pronounce than PTEA 🙂 Less expensive compared to TOEFL and IELTS.|
Information in the above table was taken from the respective test websites. Refer to actual exam website for more detailed information. If any info is incorrect, leave a comment.
So, which exam would you take when applying at U.S. universities and colleges?