About Peason Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
PTE Academic is an international computer-based English language test. It provides a measure of test taker’s language ability to education institutions, and professional and government organizations that require a standard of academic English for admission purposes. The test is widely trusted by universities and colleges in Australia and around the world. In recent years, the test has gained widespread popularity due to its fairness and global recognition. The test is completely computer based and increasingly regarded in the academic community as the true test of the test taker’s command in the English language. The highlights of the PTE Academic test:
Fast results - Results are available within five business days.
Minimal waiting time - Tests are conducted throughout the year on a daily basis (except weekends). Therefore, test takers do not have to wait for unnecessarily long time to take the test. In Nepal, there are currently two testing centers – The British College, Thapathali and Alfa Beta Institute Pvt. Ltd., Madan Bhandari Road, Buddha Nagar.
Fair & secure - 100% computer-based marking ensures all test takers are scored impartially and accurately. To ensure test score validity all test centers use state-of-the-art digital biometrics incorporating palm-scanning, digital signatures, secure paperless results, randomized test formats and CCTV.
Unlimited - Test takers can send their scores to as many institutions as they like, without an additional fee.
Accepted for visas - PTE is approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications.
University acceptance - Accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world.
PTE Academic assesses all four language skills - listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes. The test features 20 different item types, each assessing one language skill or a combination of language skills. For example, the item type Summarize spoken text under listening section assesses not only listening but writing as well.
All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Some items are scored as either correct or incorrect, whereas many other items are also scored as partially correct, for which you get partial credit. The overall score is based on your performance on all test items. For each item, the score you obtain contributes to the overall score. The score range for the overall score is 10-90 points. The table below shows the comparison of PTE scores with IELTS and TOEFL.
About The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS is by far the most widely taken test of English language for the purpose of getting admission to universities around the world including in Australia, the U.K and Canada. According to the IELTS official website, more than three million test takers sat for the exam last year. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP Education Australia and the University of Cambridge. There are two versions of the IELTS test – Academic and general. Prospective students take academic tests, whereas those who are applying for permanent or temporary immigration mostly opt for the general test. Following are the features of the IELTS test:
- There are four language skills assessed in IELTS. Test takers sit for the listening, reading and writing exams on the same day, which last for approximately 2 hours 40 minutes, including 1 hour each of reading and writing and 40 minutes of listening. Speaking test is conducted face-to-face mostly on a separate day and lasts for around 11 to 14 minutes.
- In Nepal, the test is conducted by either the British Council or IDP. Students have the option to take the test in one of the several test centers that are in Kathmandu or in other major cities of Nepal.
- IELTS has until recently been a completely paper based test. However, in 2016 IELTS introduced the computer delivered version. The format of the test remains the same, except test takers sit in front of a computer to take the writing, reading and the listening tests instead of using paper and pencil. Spoken test, as usual, is given by a certified IELTS examiner in both versions of the test.
- In case of the paper based test, it takes 13 days after the date of the exam for candidates to get the results. This time is reduced to 5 to 7 days in case of a computer delivered test. Candidates will also have more flexibility in terms of choosing their desired test times and there is also increased availability of test dates in the computer delivered version of the test.
- IELTS is globally recognized by universities around the world and also by governments for immigration purpose.
Test takers are assigned an individual band score of 0 to 9 on each skill. The four individual scores are then averaged to calculate the overall IELTS band score. For example, if a student gets a 7 in listening, 7.5 in reading, 7 in speaking and 6.5 in writing, the overall band score of the student will be 7.
Highlights of our IELTS/PTE class
- We have a roster of highly experienced CELTA certified teachers who are deeply passionate about teaching and take a personal interest in students’ progress.
- We employ the most up-to-date curriculum and effective techniques/strategies to tackle the questions asked in IELTS.
- Our class sizes are small (10-15 max), which afford us the ability to give personalized attention to our students. Students can have several one-on-one sessions with the instructor to discuss their personal improvement and ask for feedback.
- Classes are conducted at various times in the morning and afternoon giving students a wide variety of time slots to choose from.
- Classes follow a completely learner-centered and task-based approach, as we believe that practice is the key to scoring well on IELTS.
- Students can take a mock-test to evaluate themselves before the beginning of the course. Such tests are regularly conducted afterwards throughout the course so that students can objectively measure their improvement and also get feedback from the instructor.
- Because of the flexibility we provide, if they so require students can continue taking classes even after the completion of the course duration.
- We understand that ‘writing’ is the skill that most students struggle in. Therefore, in our course we put a special emphasis and devote substantial time in improving this particular skill.