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March 1, 2021

PTE English Test Changes

PTE Academic stands for Pearson Test of English Academic which is a computer-based English to assess and validate non-native English speakers’ English language ability in an academic context.

Apart from PTE Academic, the Department of Immigration also accepts the following English tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced test


According to the 2020 PTE and IELTS Concordance Report, PTE Academic scores are only adjusted in comparison with IELTS Academic tests. The alignment of PTE Academic to TOEFL and the industry-standard used to describe language proficiency, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), has not changed.

At IELTS 6.5 and below the concordant PTE Academic scores, while in the same range, are at some points lower on the scale.

At IELTS 7.5 and above, the concordant PTE Academic scores, while in the same range, are at some points higher on the scale.

PTE is adjusting some scores on their test to better align with the IELTS standards. Immigration Department is still accepting scores as per current regulations and are unlikely to apply the changes to already-lodged applications.

More information can be found here: https://pearsonpte.com/articles/2020-pte-and-ielts-concordance-report-summary-and-faqs/

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