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PTE to IELTS Conversion: IELTS vs PTE Score Chart 2024

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The Pearson Test of English (PTE) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are two major English proficiency exams. Millions of people take these exams every year, to either study at a foreign university or to pursue a career abroad. If you want to, or have taken either of these tests, and are wondering about their conversions, read this blog!

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IELTS vs PTE

Both IELTS and PTE are standardised tests for English proficiency. Both the exams evaluate a candidate’s real life and academic English skills. However, there are some points of difference between them:

IELTS

PTE

Both computer & paper based

Only computer based

2 hr 45 mins

2 hr 15 mins

Band score 0-9

Score 0-90

Cost is INR 17,000

Cost is INR 17,000

Hence, you can take the exam that closely aligns with your goals and university requirements.

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Why Do We Convert PTE to IELTS Band Scores?

Many universities, especially in Australia have migrated from PTE to IELTS as the official English proficiency requirement. Institutions like the University of Melbourne, Curtin and Central Queensland University have made the change in 2024. Because IELTS is marked out of a 9.0 score band, it’s easier to evaluate and track. On the contrary, PTE is marked out of 90, which is called the “global scale of English.”

To convert one score to the other, you need a concordance table that gives an equivalent measure. Let’s discuss it below.

Official Concordance Table Between IELTS and PTE

As discussed above, IELTS is scored out of 9.0 whereas PTE has a maximum score of 90. In this table, you will find the equivalence in order to convert your English proficiency score.

PTE Score

IELTS Score

Status

86-90

9.0

Expert

83-86

8.5

Very Good

79-83

8.0

Very Good

73-79

7.5

Good

65-73

7.0

Good

58-65

6.5

Competent

53-58

6.0

Competent

43-50

5.5

Modest

30-36

4.5

Poor

This chart represents a general guideline. The exact conversion may differ since it always depends on the scope of the institution's curriculum or organisation interpreting those scores. One can conclude that PTE 46 equals IELTS band 6.0 or PTE 50 is equal to IELTS band 6.0.

The complete concordance table is attached below:

IELTS Score

PTE-A (overall)

PTE-A (listening)

PTE-A (reading)

PTE-A (speaking)

PTE-A (writing)

5

40

40

43

40

43

5.5

45

42

47

42

51

6

51

48

53

46

62

6.5

58

56

60

53

74

7

66

66

67

65

82

7.5

74

73

73

75

87

8

82

79

78

80

89

8.5

88

84

83

85

89

Multiple bodies of research, such as Kolen and Brennan (2014), and Saville, Sullivan and Clark (2021) have shown that the IELTS band scores are relatively comparable with the established PTE benchmarks. This is why the concordance table will come in handy.

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Top 5 Tips to Prepare for IELTS and PTE

More than 3 million people worldwide take the IELTS exam for various reasons. 12,000 universities accept its scores as a proof of a non-native speaker’s English proficiency. On the other hand, the PTE has grown by 91% since 2021, as it is mostly essential for visa applications. As an international student aspiring for a top-ranked university, you need a good English proficiency score. 

Here are top 5 tips to prepare for IELTS and PTE:

  • Practise Regularly: Regular practising, especially in the weak areas of it, would raise your score.
  • Familiarise with the Test Format: Knowing the structure of tests and the type of questions being asked is very important.
  • Use Official Preparation Materials: For PTE and IELTS, various official preparation resources are precious for practical study.
  • Improve Your English: Engage in daily activities that will improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.
  • Take Practice Tests: Simulate test conditions by taking full-length practice tests to build stamina and manage time effectively.

Mistakes to Avoid in IELTS and PTE

IELTS and PTE, or the Pearson Test can be intimidating the first time. As an Indian student, you may feel anxious about the exams, especially the speaking test, where you’ll have to sit face-to-face with an examiner. You can learn more about the speaking test on our blog section

Here are a few major mistakes you must avoid during these exams:

  • Do Not Ignore Your Weakness: Addressing weaker areas can help your overall score.
  • Poor Time Management: Managing time effectively can lead to unfinished tasks.
  • Disregarding the Practice Tests: Ignoring practice tests may leave you well-prepared for the test environment.

Conclusion

Whether IELTS is better or PTE is a relative call and depends on individual choice and requirements. Both tests are globally valid and accurately measure a non-native speaker’s proficiency in English language. Understanding the conversion path from PTE to IELTS and using the 2024 score chart will help the candidate better plan his preparation and eventual application. Remember, the key to success in both tests lies in thorough preparation, understanding of the test format and regular practice.

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