When it comes to English language proficiency exams, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are amongst the most popular for students, skilled workers and migrants seeking to study, work or migrant in English speaking countries like Australia.
In recent years, another test of English has succeeded in attracting test takers around the world. Pearson Test of English Academic or PTE Academic is a computer based language test that aims to assess the English language proficiency needed when lodging for student or immigration visas.
Launched in 2009, PTE Academic rapidly gained acceptance in universities and government agencies such as UK Border Agency and Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship for visa application.
PTE Academic as the world’s leading computer based test of English has a number of advantage over other language proficiency exams. One of the major advantages is the flexibility of its test dates which can be taken in one of 200 locations worldwide, 13 of which are in Australia. As it is computer based test, PTE’s highly accurate computer markings provide consistent scores and not influenced by examiner bias. Another reason for its growing popularity is the fast releasing of results. PTE Academic delivers results in 5 working days.
How different is PTE Academics from IETLS? Is it easier to pass PTE Academics? These are some of the questions test takers ask when introduced with PTE Academics for the first time. There may be similarities between IELTS and PTE Academics on test sections, however, contents are test patterns are uniquely different. PTE Academics being computer based will utilise the computer to complete the exam, whereas in IELTS, takers will use paper based questionnaires and answer sheets. Another example, in the speaking portion, IELTS examiners assess test takers face to face and the conversation is being recorded. In PTE Academic, as it is a computer-based, the test taker will speak through the microphone and will be evaluated by the computer.
And is it easy to pass PTE Academic? No, it is not easy. Such exams will need ample time to prepare to obtain satisfactory marking. The PTE journey begins by opening an account in Pearson website. Once you have completed the sign up, you may proceed to book the test date and do the payment. Fees are payable via credit card or vouchers/promotional codes. In AECC Global, authorised reseller PTE voucher, we offer flat 10% discount on test fees when you book the exam with us.
How do you prepare for the exam? We highly recommended to attend PTE Coaching especially if you are a first timer, a retaker or someone aiming to get high score. Coaching sessions will help you to be familiar with the test sequence and pace. This will enable you to identify, focus and work harder on your weaker areas. AECC Global offers customized packages are available to suit the training and guidance you need. It is the affordable, flexible and suitable for all proficiency levels. Completing the programme will give you confidence boost for the exams.
Also, AECC Global offers education and migration services. One of the most popular services is Professional Year in Engineering, programme developed to address Australia’s skill shortage in the field. The program increases the employability of graduate international students by enhancing skills and knowledge including providing industry experience. Successful completion earns 5 points towards Permanent Residency in Australia. It is recognised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
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