How to score high on the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE

How to score high on the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE


The following exams are the most common English language proficiency tests that are needed to be taken to attain PR (Permanent Residency) and/or to study abroad in English speaking countries:

  1. IELTS
  2. TOEFL
  3. PTE





The IELTS is the most commonly taken English Language test to apply for immigration or for studying abroad in English speaking countries. A majority of applicants to Canada and UK take the IELTS.




The TOEFL is the second most commonly taken English Language test and is taken mostly by those people applying to the USA for immigration and/or studying abroad. However, the TOEFL can also be taken for countries like UK, Canada, etc.



The PTE is mostly taken by those applying to Australia or New Zealand for immigration or study abroad purposes. Of all the three tests, the PTE is the test that is easiest to score well in.


Test Pattern


All three tests have the same sections:


  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Speaking
  4. Listening




Reading is by far the easiest section to score well in. In this section, you will be given an abstract to read, following which you will be asked a set of questions based on it. To prepare for this section, it is best to read as much as you can during your preparation process. Simple material like News Papers or Movie Reviews can be useful practice for you.




For a lot of people who are non-native speakers of the English Language, this is the hardest section. This is the section that will show the examiner how comfortable you are with the rules of the language and its grammar. If you are not confident or comfortable, kindly sign up for English Language Classes or IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Coaching Centre.




The speaking section is one of the easiest sections across all these three exams. Most of us have been exposed to sufficient English to at least be able to communicate at a functional level. However, a little bit of practice for a month or two will make a considerable difference to your speaking ability. But please be certain to speak ONLY in English for that time period and not any other language.




By far the easiest section, it is very similar to the reading section, however, instead of reading an abstract, you will have to listen to a broadcast or a conversation or a review. After this, you will have to answer a few questions based on what you have heard.




If you are having trouble with any of these sections or exams, please sign up at a good IELTS coaching center or TOEFL coaching center or PTE coaching center. Many times one center can train you for any of the three exams as the training is very similar for all of them.

It is also important to note that a language cannot be taught within a month or two, especially to the level that you need to know to be able to get the required score for your application if you are not a native speaker of English.

However, if you are a native speaker of English, it will only take you 2-4 weeks to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam and train accordingly.


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