Pearson Test of English was introduced to test the English skills of students in line lines of TOEFL and IELTS | PTE is recognized by 1500 universities worldwide

November 29th, 2010| Education.

Pearson Test of English was introduced to test the English skills of students in line lines of TOEFL and IELTS | PTE is recognized by 1500 universities worldwide

PTE is the new test in the lines of TOEFL and IELTS to test the English language skills of the candidates who are planning pursue their higher education in foreign countries.  To study in foreign countries it is not enough to know the English language.  Somebody has to certify that the candidate knows English.  IELTS and TOFEL are the exams that provide the certificates.  Another test has been introduced for the same purpose.  It is ‘The Pearson Test of English’ – PTE.

Till recently students who were going to foreign countries for the purpose of education used to write ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language’ – TOEFL or ‘International English Language Testing System’ – IELTS.  Now they can also write PTE, conducted by ‘Pearson Global Media, Education, and Publishing group.

From now onwards students who are writing Scholastic Aptitude Test – SAT, Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT or ‘Graduate Record Examination’ – GRE can write TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Pearson Test of English was started in October, 2009.  This test is recognized by 1500 universities worldwide.  This is purely a computer based English language test.  English skills of candidates whose mother tongue is not English and who want to pursue their education in countries where English is the main language, are tested.  Like other English tests, PTE also will have tests on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  There are around 150 test centers all over the world including 15 centers in India.  This test is going to be conducted for 4 to 8 times in a year.  Candidates can book slots for the as per their convenience. Due to this facility PTE has become very popular within one year of the introduction.

TOEFL is recognized by many educational institutions worldwide and more than 10 lakh students write this exam every year.  TOEFL is conducted for 40 times every year.  So students can book their slots well in advance.

TOEFL was conducted for the first time in 1964.  TOEFL is recognized by 7500 institutions in 130 countries worldwide.  India is in the fifth position in the number of students who write TOEFL in the world.

IELTS score is recognized by 6000 educational institutions in 135 countries.  Every year 14 lakh students write this exam.  Fee for this exam is Rs. 7,200 and fees for TOEFL and PTE is Rs.7,500.

Graduate Management Educational Council informed that the standards of PTE has improved a lot from the time it was started and since this test is conducted for 7 to 8 times in a months, will be very beneficial for the students.  TOEFL and IELTS are conducted only 2 to 3 times per month.  There are some advantages in scores also.  The score in Speech sample section is added to PTE main score which is very advantageous to students.  Though this section is present in TOEFL, marks are not considered.  IELTS has no such section.  Pronunciation, Grammar, oral fluency, spelling and vocabulary of the students are also taken into consideration in PTE.  These are not given much importance in other exams like TOEFL.

Few Indian students has already go admission in England after getting through PTE, it is informed by the official representative of UK universities.  Another important reason why PTE is popular is because the results of the exam are released in a very short time.  Online mock tests are also very beneficial.