Is PTE harder than IELTS?

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 07: 39 AM
Is PTE harder than IELTS?

By: Eric Shrestha

3 min read


Both PTE and IELTS are standardized English exams that measure your English proficiency. These exams are required when you plan to study, live, or migrate to an English speaking country. PTE is conducted on the computer and hence is completely digitized while IELTS is more inclined towards pen and paper. Although computer-based IELTS has been introduced – you still have to wait for a long time for the Speaking section to be administered.

So to answer the question if PTE is harder, I will expand on 5 points that will make sure that PTE is the winner.

Convenience in using a computer

Since PTE is completely digitized, those who are comfortable in using a computer can choose this test. However, in today’s time, people are not that into traditional pen and paper writing, as they are working mostly on computers, tablets, or smartphones. But, if you think you are good with pen and paper, choose IELTS.

Oral Fluency

PTE is particular about your Oral Fluency as the AI scoring system is able to assess your fluency on a given speaking task. Hence, if you are a non-native English speaker who has problems with fluency, then PTE can be hard. But, you do not have to be disheartened. Over the years, we have developed a method to improve your fluency within a week to score 65 on the test. You might say that those techniques are readily available on the internet. However, be aware that the AI system is able to see the similarity of the technique you pick up from the internet. Our system is reviewed and improved on a weekly basis to give you an edge over other PTE test takers.  


If you are not pronouncing words properly, the PTE AI scoring system can give you a very little score which can affect your overall Speaking score. How to get around this problem? You can practice pronunciation through our PTE Mock Test Portal and also get the score to know your preparedness for the test.

Time limits

How much time do you have to prepare for the test? If you are inclined towards PTE, you must have ample time to practice for the test (we would say 15 days to 45 days), especially the speaking part. IELTS can take more time than this as it is scored by a human who is able to understand the context of the questions and will look for the same in your answers.  If this sounds confusing, take a look at our videos on the PTE preparation tutorials to learn more.

Quick Results

With PTE you will be getting the results in just 48 hours. It is super quick. But, with IELTS, it takes almost 13-15 days to get the results. Moreover, the speaking test is held within one week after/before the main test. So if there is a time crunch, choose PTE.