English Language Proficiency Tests (accepted By Universities)

English Language Proficiency Tests (accepted by Universities)

English Language Proficiency tests are exams that show how proficient or skilled someone is in the English language.

If you want to study abroad and English is not your first/native language then you will have to sit for one of the known tests. Depending on your choice and the acceptance of your desired university, it will either be TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

All three tests check the same skills: Listening, Reading. Writing and Speaking.

They differ from their format and time though.

However, all of them have a validity of 2 years. After that, the scores expire and you will have to reappear.


Toefl was started in 1964; 55 years ago. The Internet-based test (iBT) ranges from 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 20 minutes (excluding 10-minute break in-between). The paper-based test varies between 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 mins.

The score/grade range also differs from iBT to PBT.


0 to 30 (in 1 point increments) on each of the 4 sections. So a total of 0 to 120.

Listening: 31 to 68, Structure: 31 to 69, Reading: 31 to 67. Total of 310 to 677. Writing (separate): 0 to 6. (All in 1 point increments.)

The Internet-based TOEFL test is offered more than 50 times a year. It can only be taken once in any 12-day period.

In total there are 4,500 test centers in 165 countries.

Depending on the country the fee for iBT also varies from US$ 160 to US$260. PBT is set at US$ 180.

In general, the scores/grades are used by more than 10,000 Colleges, agencies, and other institutions in over 130 countries.

Internet-based test


Task: 6 – 9 passages, each containing 5 - 6 questions

Time: 60 – 90 minutes


Task: 3 – 4 passages, each containing12- 14 questions                  

Time: 60 – 80 minutes


Task: 2

Time: 50 minutes


Task: 6

Time: 20 minutes


Paper-delivered Test (The Paper-based test was available in limited areas until 2017, when it was replaced by the paper-delivered test. Only used in official testing centers were no computer/internet is available.)


Task: The Listening section consists of 3 parts. The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations. The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations. The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks

Time: 30 – 40 minutes

Structure and Written Expression

Task: The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors.

Time: 25 minutes


Task: The Reading Comprehension section has 50 questions about reading passages.

Time: 55 minutes


Task: The TOEFL PBT administrations include a writing test called the Test of Written English (TWE). This is one essay question with 250–300 words in average.

Time: 30 minutes


The TOEFL iBT test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points.

Each of the four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 0 to 30. The scaled scores from the four sections are added together to determine the total score.

Each speaking question is initially given a score of 0 to 4, and each writing question is initially given a score of 0 to 5. These scores are converted to scaled scores of 0 to 30.



IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.

Overall there are more than 1,200 test centers in over 40 countries. The scores/grades are used by more than 10,000 colleges, agencies, and other institutions in over 140 countries.

The scores can range between 0 – 9, in 0.5 band increments.

There are two types of IELTS; Academic and General. If you want to study abroad you will have to take the academic version. If you want to work abroad and/or for immigration purposes you will have to take the general version.

LRW will be on the same day and the Speaking part will either be on the same day or a few days before/after the rest. You will be notified beforehand.


Time: 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answers to your answer sheet.

Summary: four recorded monologues and conversations


Time: 60 minutes

Three long reading passages with tasks. Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Includes non-verbal material such as diagrams, graphs and illustrations. Texts are taken from books, journals, and newspapers.


Time: 60 minutes (20mins Task 1, 40mins Task 2)

Task 1


Writing Task of at least 150 words, where the candidate must summarize, describe or explain a table, graph chart or diagram.


Writing task of at least 150 words, where the candidate must write a letter informal/semi-formal style to and employer regarding a job etc.

Task 2

Short Essay Task of at least 250 words.


Time: 11 to 14 minutes

Summary: Face to face interview. Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and structured discussion.



Pearson Test of English Academic was launched in 2009, which is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization responsible for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). The test is mostly read by a computer rather than a human grader to reduce waiting times of the results for students. The test will be a maximum of 3 hours long and takers can expect their results to be delivered to them, online, within 5 working days. Test scores can reach from 10 – 90.

The Pearson Test of English Academic consists of 3 sections; Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening.

Speaking & Writing


* Personal Introduction

* Read Aloud

* Repeat Sentence

* Describe Image

* Re-tell lecture

* Answer short question

* Summarize a written text

* Essay (20mins)

Time: 77-93 minutes



* Fill in the blanks

* Multiple choice questions

* Re-order paragraphs

* Fill in the blanks

Time: 32 -41 minutes

Now it's up to you to choose one of these tests, depending on where you want to go (University, Country etc.). We offer online and offline coaching for all three tests at our institute. For more information and to schedule a class/appointment, please call +91-9177971222 or send us an email to info@ankooverseas.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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