It largely depends on an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in language skills. Both tests assess four main language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and have their own unique test formats and criteria for evaluation.
Some test takers may find PTE easier because it’s entirely computer-based and offers immediate results, whereas IELTS includes face-to-face speaking with an examiner and takes longer to receive results. On the other hand, some test takers may prefer the structure and familiarity of IELTS since it’s been around for over 30 years and has a more established reputation.
Ultimately, the best way to determine which test is easier for you is to familiarize yourself with the test format and evaluate your own language skills to see which test matches your strengths. It’s also a good idea to practice and prepare for the test with official study materials or with the help of a language tutor.
Whether the PTE (Pearson Test of English) is easier or harder than the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) depends on individual factors such as your English language proficiency level, familiarity with the test format, and personal preferences.
In terms of the test format, PTE and IELTS have some differences. PTE is a computer-based test that assesses all four language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing – in a single three-hour session. In contrast, IELTS has two formats: a computer-based version and a paper-based version. The computer-based version assesses listening, reading, and writing skills in a single two-hour session, while the speaking test is conducted face-to-face with an examiner. The paper-based version assesses listening, reading, and writing skills in a single three-hour session, while the speaking test is conducted face-to-face with an examiner.
Some test-takers find PTE easier because it is entirely computer-based, and they can complete all sections of the test in one sitting without any breaks. In contrast, some test-takers find the face-to-face speaking test in IELTS intimidating, and prefer the recorded speaking section in PTE.
However, both tests have similar scoring criteria and are designed to assess the same English language skills. Ultimately, which test is easier for you will depend on your individual strengths and weaknesses in English language proficiency, as well as your familiarity and comfort level with the test format.