International Exam Preparation

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardised English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.

IELTS Test Format

• Listening – The listening component lasts for 30 minutes and is divided into 4 sections. These 4 sections include a total of 40 questions, all of which test your ability to understand, monologue opinions, ideas, information, conversations, objectives, and developments. Since the test will include different accents, it is suggested that test takers practice well.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to understand the ideas and the detailed factual information, the views and stances of speakers, their purpose and your ability to follow the development of ideas.

• Reading – The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose. The testing questions differ in Academic and GT module. The duration of reading section is 60 minutes.

• Writing- The Writing paper has two tasks which must both be completed. In task 1 test takers write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes. In task 2 test takers write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes. The writing component lasts for 60 minutes.

• Speaking- The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner.The duration of speaking section is 11-14 mins.

What is PTE Academic?

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is a computer-based English language test trusted by universities, colleges and governments around the world. It offers candidates the fastest, fairest and most flexible way of proving their English language proficiency for studying or immigrating abroad. PTE Exam Pattern

Unlike other English language proficiency tests, PTE Academic consists of a single 3-hour test session which includes three sections: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 Minutes)

In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes.
To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.
The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.

Part 2: Reading (32 – 41 Minutes)

In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.

Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)

Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.

For each question you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.

What is TOEFL?

The TOEFL test seeks to test your ability to communicate in English in specifically academic, university and classroom-based settings. It is accepted by over 8,500 institutions across 130 countries, including the UK, USA and Australia, as well as all of the world’s top 100 universities. TOEFL is administered by US-based organisation the Education Testing Service, and so is conducted in American English. This test is more likely to be favoured by American institutions.

TOEFL Format

TOEFL is administered online from where it gets its name - TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test). The test is of four and a half hours duration and consists of a variety of reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks.

During the test, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to combine all four skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. For instance, students may be asked to:

• Read, listen and then write in response to a question

• Read, listen and then speak in response to a question

• Listen and then speak in response to a question

Structure of the TOEFL iBT


Time Limit




60 - 80 minutes

36 - 56 questions

Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.


60 - 90 minutes

34 - 51 questions

Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.


10 minutes




20 minutes

6 tasks

Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.


50 minutes

2 tasks

Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.