• The first big difference is that PTE is a computer-based test, while IELTS is paper-based. As a result, you record your voice and type your answers in PTE. • There is a speaking examiner and a writer examiner for IELTS. While all assessment is done by smart software in PTE. • In IELTS, skills are assessed separately. This means listening, for example, is just testing your listening skills. On the other hand, in PTE there are many integrated questions such as listening and speaking in the speaking portion of the exam, or reading and writing in the reading part, or reading and speaking in the speaking part and so on. • In PTE, aside from the four main skills which are called ‘communicative skills’ in this test, there are six enabling skills: grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, written discourse. • The PTE Academic reports an overall score, communicative skills score and enabling skills score, while IELTS reports an overall band score and skills band score. Obviously, the way the overall score is calculated in PTE is based on the test taker’s performance on all items in the test. • Depending upon the test center, you may have the speaking test of IELTS on a different day (within a week before or after the actual test day), but for PTE you take the entire test on one day. • You may choose to take PTE seven days a week in the morning, at noon or even in the afternoon. You cannot choose your test time for IELTS. Almost always, it starts in the morning and on (a) specific weekday(s) like Saturday or Thursday. • Not every country has a PTE center (50 countries worldwide); while it is very likely that you will be able to find test centers for IELTS with locations in 140 countries around the world. • There are 20 different question types in PTE, which is certain for each and every test. While the number of question types for IELTS differs from one test to another. • The IELTS test is timed specifically (except speaking which can be between 11 and 14 minutes). This is not the case for PTE, where your test may last between approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours. • There is an optional 10-minute break before the last part (listening) in PTE. There is no allocated break time when taking the IELTS. • While you can book as many IELTS tests as you wish at the same time, you cannot book for a new PTE exam before having the result of the test you last took. It is known that both the tests; IELTS and PTE are widely popular not just in Australia but in Canada, U.S and U.K. as well which makes a lot of students decide which one to go for depending on their ability and skills. Since both the tests have a balance between all four of the modules, a student must assess their own marks in order to decide which one are they comfortable with. You can decide for yourself which one is better for you if you compare all the modules for both the tests side by side to get a better understanding before you make a move and choose one unprepared. PTE is less time consuming . PTE also gets you your results within a week whereas IELTS takes at least 14 days before you get your results and the best advantage of the PTE test is that the computer lets you know in the test report where you went wrong and what mistakes you made during the test which makes it easier for you to practice harder the next time, improve your weaknesses and give the test again just to get a higher score.