Pearson Test of English (PTE) vs. TOEFL

The new competitor for the TOEFL exam was a topic of conversation at the recent GMAC Summit in London on September 17th.  What are some aspects of the new Pearson Test of English (PTE) that separate it from the TOEFL?

  • automated speech and writing scoring provide consistent and accurate grading
  • score reports offer more for students and universities by offering recorded speech samples to admissions offices at universities worldwide
  • results will be available online in just five days
  • the fee will range from $150-$220, depending on each country
  • more than 770 universities have expressed interest in accepting the exam

Similar to the TOEFL test, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) will test in all four sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  While not available until October 2009, the test has been given to nearly 10,000 students with very positive results.  Pearson hopes to set a new standard of English learning with a combination of technology that allows for a fair measurement of skills.

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Posted on October 8, 2009 by Manhattan Review

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2 Responses to Pearson Test of English (PTE) vs. TOEFL

  1. TOEFL iBT

    Comment posted on October 11, 2009. Bookmark the permalink.

    There is only one aspect that is a huge advantage of Pearson from what is written above. That is the very short time for results.

  2. TOEFL iBT

    Comment posted on October 31, 2009. Bookmark the permalink.

    It was time. ETS has became very greedy because of lack of competition. They didn’t pay any attention on customer service, but now, yes, they start to think about how to easily submit scores to universities, open platforms for institutions to check results and s.o.