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Is PTE easier than IELTS?

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Why so we keep hearing that it is easy to score good in PTE than in IELTS? How much of this statement is true and if yes then when should we switch to PTE from IELTS?


PTE is a test that is designed based on the real life situations rather than the theoretical question we find our grammar books. So, if you are a good user of the English language than you can sit for this test right away and still you could have a possibility of qualifying it. The best thing about PTE is that it has about 20 types of different question sets which keeps the learner engaged and provides a higher chance of scoring good.

Can we score more in PTE?

Well, yes. Since, the test engages you in real life like situations to assess your English language proficiency, it is easier to score more in PTE than in IELTS. Also, in PTE, the listening, reading, writing and speaking modules are entangled together in a way that enables the student to get marks in multiple modules, simultaneously.

For Example: If a student writes the answers for reading and listening modules, they also get score in the writing module for writing the correct spelling and keeping the grammatical structure of the sentence.

There are many question where students get scored in multiple modules while answering a single question.

These are the factors that make it easy to score in PTE.

Why is PTE easier?

How to get more marks easily?


Why is PTE easier?

Other than a wide range of question types to provide more chances for the student to score more, there are more than one reasons why PTE is easier than IELTS.

There are a few questions types in PTE that contribute for more than one module which leads to getting more marks in the test. For example: the first task in PTE writing module is "Summarise written text" where students are supposed to read a paragraph and write a one sentence summary for the given text. This question type gets you the marks for writing as well as the reading module, since the student reads the entire paragraph to summarise it.

Summarise written text example

All of the question type in PTE that have grammar as descriptor also have spellings, word limit and vocabulary as descriptors with equal weightage as that of grammar. In short, even if you don't have the good grasp on grammar, you can get really good marks in PTE.

How to get more marks easily?

Out of 20 question types in the entire PTE test, there only a few that hold the maximum weightage, and what's more is "they are easy". You can find the list of those questions down below:


  • Read aloud

  • Image description

  • Retell lectures

  • Repeat sentence


  • Essay


  • Fill in the banks(Reading)

  • Fill in the blanks(Reading and writing)


  • Summarise spoken text

  • Write from dictation(Very important)

Though, the above listed questions are important, it is advisable that you do not leave any question unattempted. So, focus more on the above listed items but do not leave the other questions, too.

More tips for good luck

  1. Time management: manage your time in such a way that you don't miss the last question type of the test that is "write from dictation".

  2. Always check your spellings for every thing you write.

  3. Try tongue twisters for clearer pronunciation.

  4. Pay attention to the word limit. If you fall anywhere under or outside the word limit, your answers will not be assessed and you will get a zero for it.

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