In December 2020 the Pearson group widely announced that where would be some major changes happening to the PTE exam. However, candidates do not really need to worry as there will be no changes made to how the format of the exam or how it is scored.
There will also be no modifications made to how the test is designed or assessed. The only major change that has happened is how PTE academic scores correlate with IELTS academic scores.
Pearson Concordance Report
Pearson has released a concordance report which discusses the research that suggests that a change in how IELTS and PTE scores correspond to each other.
According to this Concordance Report, PTE Academic scores will only be adjusted in comparison with IELTS Academic tests. How PTE Academic scores align with to TOEFL and the industry-standard used to describe language proficiency, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), has not changed.
Lets take a look at how these scores have changed:
At IELTS 7.5 and above, the concordant PTE Academic scores, while in the same range, are at some points higher on the scale.
At IELTS 6.5 and below the concordant PTE Academic scores, while in the same range, are at some points lower on the scale.
Why IELTS And PTE Scores Need To Be Compared
Most universities and immigration authorities for English speaking countries require that applicants provide some proof of the level of English language proficiency.
Basically applicants will have to participate in some of language proficiency test. At the moment, two of the most popular tests are the IELTS exam and the PTE academic test.
If you are preparing for either of these tests and are wondering how you would fare if you decided to take a different test, you can use the above score comparison table. This will help you to convert your PTE score to IELTS band scores and vice versa.
The report did not deal with IELTS general training tests. However, since half of this test is the same as the IELTS academic test, it would be reasonable to assume that a similar correlation applies.