The TOEFL and IELTS are not the only English Language tests you can opt for.
The Cambridge Exams are widely accepted in the United Kingdom (they also meet the Government’s requirements for visa applications). Apart from that, there are two more options – Duolingo and PTE.
In Cambridge Exams, there are two popularly attempted tests:
- Cambridge C1 Advanced English: This exam, like the others, has four sections—Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It takes place over a span of 4 hours and is graded on a scale of 180-199.
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency in English: This exam is evidence of high-level proficiency in the English Language. The four sections of the exam is the same as the C1 exam, it takes 4 hours to complete and is graded on a scale of 200-230.
Duolingo, is not just one of the most popular language apps, but also offers an English Language Test that is accepted by over 2000 institutions across the world. This test is significantly shorter and has a less complex testing structure. 45 minutes are dedicated to an adaptive test that covers topics in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Then, there is a 10-minute section where the test-taker responds to open-ended questions. This test can be taken from the comfort of your home, over an online platform. Overall, it takes less than an hour to complete. The exam is graded on a scale of 10-160, and you can see how scores may compare against other popular exams here. This test costs $49.
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is accepted in UK, New Zealand and Australia. A complete list of all universities accepting this test can be found here. Like the other tests, the PTE evaluates candidates across four language modules in three sections:
- Speaking and Writing skills: This section lasts between 77-93 minutes and tests your ability to structure sentencing, repeat sentences, describe images and summarize arguments. The essay portion of this section takes 20 minutes.
- Reading: This section lasts 32-40 minutes and includes MCQ’s, fill in the blanks and re-order paragraphs.
- Listening: This section lasts for 45-57 minutes and includes MCQ’s, fill in the blanks, choose the correct words, and writing from dictation.
Overall, the test takes 3 hours to complete and is scored on the Global Scale of English, which ranges from 10-90. The cost of this test in INR 13,300.