PTE Academic is the world's leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration purposes. It is approved by the Australian government for all visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD. You can register for the test online or by phone. These scores are valid for a period of 2 years
You can take PTE Academic as many times as you like. This means that institutions will not be able to see if your scores are better or worse than the previous tries. You must however, wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.
Although both the IELTS and PTE have the same sections, the scoring pattern for both these tests differs. The PTE Academic however, assesses speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as academic skills in an integrated way in a single 3 hour computerized test.
PTE is based on complete automated scoring and grades a test taker in the band of 10-90. A 0-9 band is used in the manual scoring pattern of IELTS.
The IELTS Test Report Form is posted in 13 calendar days after the test. The PTE Academic scores are available online within five business days.