I can’t believe it’s already February! How you going with your New Year’s resolutions?
This week I’ve had lots of phone calls from people who need to get higher test scores quickly. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts with all of you about how to decide which test to take. IELTS or PTE?
1. Both tests are difficult and one is certainly not easier than the other.
2. Know where your personal strengths lie. If you haven’t achieved the scores you need in IELTS and you are considering taking PTE then you should start by buying 2 practice scored tests at https://pearsonpte.com/preparation/practice-tests/ to find out approximately what scores you could get. This costs about US$60 and is a much cheaper and quicker option than taking the real test. If you want a free IELTS writing or speaking assessment, get in touch today.
3. Learn about what’s important to get a good score in each test. One of the easiest ways to improve your scores is to use the official IELTS/PTE books and online resources and to read through the model answers. This will help you to quickly understand the structure, range of vocab and amount of content that is required.
4. Make a decision about how you prefer to take your test. Some people choose PTE as they don’t like handwriting essays and prefer to speak to a computer instead of a human who they’ve never met before. However, as you may know, IELTS is now available as a computer-based test and this means you can complete your Writing, Reading & Listening at a computer and, on the same day, you meet with an examiner to take your face to face speaking test. You will also receive your results quicker than with the regular IELTS test.
5. Take time to prepare effectively. Once you decide which test you prefer and are going to take, set yourself a goal and book a test. By using the feedback you have from your practice test/free assessment, create a study plan for yourself which includes grammar review, spelling practice, test practice etc and make sure to get feedback on the practice tasks you complete. If you need extra support, get in touch!
6. Be kind to yourself! Don’t plan to take a test when you know that you have a busy week filled with work/study deadlines immediately beforehand.
Most importantly, remember there is no “easy” test centre or “easy” test. If you learn how the test works, put the effort in and do some intensive practice you will improve your test scores and your English too!