August 04, 2020


"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."

– Quote by Frank Smith

Since time immemorial, people have moved between geographies in search of a better life. There has been the yearning to do better and make a new life for themselves. In modern days, the governments of those countries who have opened their doors for students and migrants are now seeking to allow only those who have a certain standard of English. To judge the level of English spoken, written, understood, various tests have been devised for non-native speakers to take and show their English skills. 

Below we look at the various English proficiency tests in the world: 

IELTS -The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular/famous English language proficiency test. A pioneer in this field is the oldest, the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom use it to judge applicants seeking migration. The test comprises four portions: Listening, writing, speaking, and reading. Within IELTS, there are two kinds of tests: IELTS Academic – It checks language proficiency for an academic purpose. IELTS General Training - This test measures for practical and daily life uses. In 2017, nearly 3 million people took this test in over 140 nations. 

Also Read: How To Get A Good Score Band In IELTS?

CELPIP - The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program or CELPIP is a second English language proficiency test. This test is for those people who are seeking to immigrate to Canada under the various programs on offer. The CELPIP Test is of two kinds: CELPIP-General, and CELPIP-General LS. The exam is conducted online and covers the usual four components: Listening, writing, speaking, and reading. 

PTE – The Pearson Tests of English (PTE) is a scenario-based online exam for checking the levels of English for non-native English speakers. The results are available within 48 hours of the test being over. THE PTE academic test results are accepted by thousands of universities worldwide such as Harvard Business School and Yale University. It is also used by the governments of Australia and New Zealand to judge potential immigrants. It has three tests in its bouquet of offering: PTE Academic, PTE General (Earlier known as London Tests of English), and PTE Young Learners. The Pearson Test of English Academic evaluates examinees in university-level English language instruction programs. , PTE General is a test for non-native speakers of judging their general English skills and PTE Young Learners is as the name suggests a test for the young ones in the age group of 7 to 12 years. PTE Young Learners is theme-based, fun, and engaging. 

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a leading English language test. It is primarily used to gain entry to many colleges and universities. It also has 4 sections on which the examinees are judged.

As you can see from the above, four tests are in the market for immigrants and students seeking to go abroad. Contact us for information and guidance on them.


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