One of the questions we get asked almost every day is: “Is PTE easier than IELTS?”
Fair enough! Test takers are ultimately concerned with meeting the visa requirements. They want to meet the obligation as early and as easily as possible. Unfortunately, the answer is not a straightforward this or that.
The better thing to focus on is – Is PTE the right exam for me or not? If it is, then of course you will find it easier than IELTS.
The main difference between PTE and IELTS is that PTE is fully automated and driven by a computer software, but IELTS is on the other hand human scored. This single difference can be the deciding factor.
If you feel that a human scorer might be biased, then go for PTE! If you feel for any reason, you won’t be able to give your best in front of a human examiner, then again go for PTE. But on the other hand, make sure that you are comfortable taking an exam on the computer. This is the reason why PTE Practice tests are so important!
If you decide to take PTE, you will also need to learn the intricacies of various PTE question types. You must understand the scoring pattern and the specific requirements. Questions like repeat sentence, highlight incorrect words, etc. are very different from the question types in IELTS. Do not assume that just because you have been preparing for IELTS you can go ahead and take PTE.
PTE is not an easier IELTS!
If you have taken IELTS several times before then PTE is a good option for you. After all, if you want a different result, you must do something different. The availability of mock tests for PTE makes it easier to understand the shortcomings compared to anything available for IELTS. So, if you are ready to prepare diligently, there is a higher chance of success in PTE.