We provide intensive and result based coaching in the language tests required to take admission in reputed colleges and universities. The language tests have been designed to measure the English language proficiency of such people whose native language a different one Global Guide takes a look at two such tests in depth, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which are time-honoured tests and also Pearsons (PTE), the recent entrant in this domain.
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS too has graduated from being a multiple choice test-the English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB) in the 1960s primarily for the purpose of screening international applicants to the UK’s educational institutions by the British Council, to the English Language Testing Service (ELTS) in the 1980s, and finally to a more innovative format today. According to IELTS administrators, ELTS was influenced by the growth in ‘communicative’ language learning and ‘English for specific purposes’. The present version of IELTS is a result of major revisions.
The 1989 format introduced the candidates to two non-specialised modules, Listening and Speaking, and two specialised modules, Reading and Writing. While the non-specialised modules tested general English, the specialised ones assessed the candidate’s skill in three discipline fields namely Physical Science & Technology; Life & Medical Sciences and Business Studies & Social Sciences (Module A, B & C respectively). In 1995, the field-specific modules A, B and C were replaced with one Academic Reading Module and one Academic Writing Module. Also, measures were taken to gather data on test performance and candidate background to factor the issue of fairness. Further in 2001, the revised IELTS Speaking test was introduced and in 2005, new assessment criteria for the Writing Test were made operational. The same year, computerised version of IELTS was also introduced.
The ‘testing of English as a foreign language (TOEFL)’ is administered by , the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private non-profit organisation and College Board from 1965 onwards. If you would ask your parents or those a generation above you about the TOEFL they took, you would realise that there are a sea of changes in the present version. TOEFL has graduated from only paper based test (PBT) initially to computer based test (CBT) in 1998, to internet-based test in 2005 (iBT). The paper-based version of the TOEFL (PBT) continues to be administered on specific dates in some countries, particularly in areas where accessibility to the TOEFL iBT is a concern. This includes select centers in Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Myanmar, Norway, Russian Federation, South Africa and even the US to name a few.
PTE Academic is delivered through Pearson VUE. At present there are fifteen Pearson VUE test centres in India delivering PTE Academic. The test is available between two to eight times a week at each of these centres. According to John K Philip, Regional Director (SAARC Countries) of Pearson Language Tests, the test takers are able to register and schedule their test online at a date and time that suits them. Pearson VUE test centres are equipped with biometric security gadgets including palm vein scanners and digital cameras. The fee for PTE Academic is competitively priced and the fee for India is US$160. The test itself measures four communicative skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Uniquely it also measure six enabling skills like vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, etc. Score receiving institutions and embassies are also presented with a speech sample of each test taker. To prepare for PTE Academic, apart from a printed Official Guide to the test, practice tests are available online for test takers to predict how they will score on the actual test.
The benefits of PTE in a nutshell are:
- One can schedule the test up to 24 hours before the test.
- Receive the results within 5 business days.
- One single 3-hour test session.
- Accepted by institutions worldwide.
- Free unlimited score reports for 2 years from your test date.
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