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IELTS v.s Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) | My personal findings

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Finally after 3 attempts at IELTS general and 2 for PTE I have got the necessary score for 20 points. If it was not for this thread, I would not have even thought to give PTE an attempt. So thank you.

 

ps I would have passed PTE first time, but did not realise the scoring scheme and went over the word count on the written sections.

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supercow    301
Finally after 3 attempts at IELTS general and 2 for PTE I have got the necessary score for 20 points. If it was not for this thread, I would not have even thought to give PTE an attempt. So thank you.

 

ps I would have passed PTE first time, but did not realise the scoring scheme and went over the word count on the written sections.

 

That's great to hear!

I hoped that it could at least help one other person...as I was sure I can't be the only one feeling like I'm stuck! :)

 

Guess it's EOI for you next then, good luck with the rest of the process.

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Yep, just got to update my EOI and then I will have 60 points, submitting my EOI as a carpenter so fingers crossed I get selected within the next 2 invite rounds. Hopefully selected before January, as I will lose points due to age

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lukescotty    10

Failed my Ielts couple of weeks ago, did a resit on Saturday. Did a PTE-A exam today and I got all above 65!! woooohooo Same day results. Although I didn't like the test, I got the result!! huge weight off my shoulders

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Pommie    12
Failed my Ielts couple of weeks ago, did a resit on Saturday. Did a PTE-A exam today and I got all above 65!! woooohooo Same day results. Although I didn't like the test, I got the result!! huge weight off my shoulders

 

 

great result..... well done.....

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dpkmax    10

Thanks guys for the comments , this post is really a great help, I have given IELTS couple of times and have also enrolled in a class, but now I have changed my mind and will take up PTE-A.

Cheers

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pteuser    10

I got L:64 R:58 S:48 w:49. Anyone can help how u achieve good scores? I have tried PTE twice and failed to get 65. I felt like a failure. I had even tried IELTS for twice.:cry:

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supercow    301
I got L:64 R:58 S:48 w:49. Anyone can help how u achieve good scores? I have tried PTE twice and failed to get 65. I felt like a failure. I had even tried IELTS for twice.:cry:

 

You should seek professional help. We can help with general tips and guidance on the question content, but judging from your scores and brief post, you need more than that.

 

See if you can find tutors locally that can help you.

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ItchyFeet76    55

If you keep retaking it and do better in some bits (eg reading) but worse in others (eg listening), can you amalgamate the results from old and new tests (picking out the best) and, if not, does the most recent test result cancel out the previous one...?

 

Thanks.

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supercow    301
If you keep retaking it and do better in some bits (eg reading) but worse in others (eg listening), can you amalgamate the results from old and new tests (picking out the best) and, if not, does the most recent test result cancel out the previous one...?

 

Thanks.

No and no.

 

You can submit any full test result of your choosing, as long as it will still be valid at the time you're doing your application (no longer than a year old IIRC)

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cjenky    14

I took the PTE Academic yesterday, received my results this morning. Was not expecting to do very well as I felt awful yesterday, migrane and chest infection.

This may be an odd question but on my score sheet it shows my overall score as 86. It then lists the following: L - 85, R - 90, S - 89, W - 84

There is then a load of other scores underneath (Enabling scores) are these relevant as some of them don't look very good? Or are the scores I have noted above what I have actually scored in each item? I know I sound a bit dim here but just want to make sure I am reading the results correctly.

Thanks

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supercow    301
I took the PTE Academic yesterday, received my results this morning. Was not expecting to do very well as I felt awful yesterday, migrane and chest infection.

This may be an odd question but on my score sheet it shows my overall score as 86. It then lists the following: L - 85, R - 90, S - 89, W - 84

There is then a load of other scores underneath (Enabling scores) are these relevant as some of them don't look very good? Or are the scores I have noted above what I have actually scored in each item? I know I sound a bit dim here but just want to make sure I am reading the results correctly.

Thanks

 

Congratulations, you nailed it ;) !

 

Don't worry about those other scores, you got what you wanted.

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cjenky    14

Thanks Supercow, that's such a relief!!!!!! I'm over the moon with that. So I get 20 points for superior English??

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supercow    301
Thanks Supercow, that's such a relief!!!!!! I'm over the moon with that. So I get 20 points for superior English??

 

Sure do! :)

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Kirstyj    39

Hi my partner took both tests as well, ielts 3 times and pte twice, he found the pte test more modern but as it was summer all the windows were open and you could her everything going on outside and you could also hear everything the person next to you said which was very off putting, but that was down to the examination centre not the test, he finally passed both tests but the ielts test seems more recognisable, as we were not told of the pte test until he had taken the ielts test twice, also with the ielts test you can score 9 on the reading and the next time you take it you can get 6.5 and vicea versa but al least with the pte test you get your results within 2-3 days , good luck with anyone taking the tests

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Joseph23    10

Hi all,

 

I am applying Visa 189 and have taken this PTE Test. My question is, who do I send this result to? I have searched for "department" and in Western Australia, it came out with this which is closest to what i think I should be sending:

 

[TABLE=width: 100%]

[TR]

[TD]The Department of Training and Workforce Development WA - Skilled Migration WA - All Programs[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

or

 

 

[TABLE=width: 100%]

[TR]

[TD]Department of Immigration and Border Protection - DIBP - Visa Applications[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

 

 

I am applying in Western Australia.

 

I think the second one is the correct one?

 

THanks.

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Kirstyj    39

We. Used an agent so they did everything for us, but as far as I know you upload everything once you have received your invite, hope this helps

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Joseph23    10
We. Used an agent so they did everything for us, but as far as I know you upload everything once you have received your invite, hope this helps

 

Hi kirstyj,

 

Did your agent provide you any log in details to trace the visa application? I don't feel like bugging my agent everyday to check the status. :twitcy:

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Kirstyj    39

No they didn't but I believe the visa people don't like people chasing up their application I know it's hard but we have to wait x

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cm1212    10

Hi Guyz,

 

Need your help...

 

I had given TOEFL iBT L18;R18;W18;S26, this was first time, now I have opted for IELTS academic but not sure bcoz reading seems more tough. If anyone can suggest should I again go in for Toefl. I am planing for 189/190.

 

Awaiting ur replies .......

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franklin2    10

Hi mates,

 

I did the pte practice test not quite long and scored the following- speaking 47, listening 66, writing 70 and reading 51. My real test will come up on 20th of oct. Please, what do you suggest I do to improve on these scores. I need 65 in each. Thanks all.

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Gwen Luo    10

Hi Supercow,

after reading your detailed and considerate post, I felt that your English level is completely what I am after.

 

so I have to ask if you can read some of my essays to help me improve my skills?

 

Besides, I've taken ielts general training for four times and my speaking parts were all 6.5.

Can you also provide some tips to knock down another 0.5 mark please?

 

please send me an email at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx if you would like to.

 

your help will be highly appreciated.

 

 

good night.

Gwen

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Ken    201
HI Everyone,

 

Can you choose which to do then? PTE-A or IELTS?

 

Yes, and it's not just those two either. There are now 5 different tests that are recognised for Australian Immigration. IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE-A and CAE and they each have different scoring systems.

 

Competent English (that's the one you qualify for just by having a Pommie passport): IELTS 6 in each of the 4 sections; OET B in each of the 4 sections; TOEFL iBT 12 for listening; 13 for reading; 21 for writing; 18 for speaking; PTE-A 50 in each of the 4 sections; CAE 169 in each of the 4 sections

 

Proficient English (that's the one that scores you an extra 10 points): IELTS 7 in each of the 4 sections; OET B in each of the 4 sections; TOEFL iBT 24 for listening; 24 for reading; 27 for writing; 23 for speaking; PTE-A 65 in each of the 4 sections; CAE 185 in each of the 4 sections

 

Superior English (that's the one that scores you an extra 20 points): IELTS 8 in each of the 4 sections; OET A in each of the 4 sections; TOEFL iBT 28 for listening; 29 for reading; 30 for writing; 26 for speaking; PTE-A 79 in each of the 4 sections; CAE 200 in each of the 4 sections

 

In case you were wondering,

IELTS = International English Language Testing System

OET = Occupational English Test

TOEFL iBT = Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test

PTE-A = Pearson Test of English - Academic

CAE = Cambridge English: Advanced

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