Pearson Test of English Academic
PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English and, as such, it is accepted by thousands of universities around the world for study applications. These educational institutions include the prestigious Harvard Business School, Yale and INSEAD. PTE Academic is also approved by the governments of Australia and New Zealand for migration applications. It assesses each candidate’s practical English skills in an integrated way in an academic environment. PTE Academic tests are scored by computers, resulting in impartial outcomes. Test results are typically available within five business days.
PTE Academic assesses candidates’ four language skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes. PTE Academic consists of three main parts. Each part contains a number of sections. Each section is individually timed.
International English Language Testing System
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and immigration departments around the world often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.
IELTS consists of four components. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. The Reading and Writing tests are different according to whether a candidate is taking the Academic or General Training module. The Academic module is designed for candidates planning to undertake tertiary education in English-speaking countries, while the General Training module is tailored for those planning to migrate to English-speaking countries.
National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters
Since January 2018, in order to ensure the fairness of examinations and to uphold the industry standards, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (known as NAATI) has made it a rule that students who wish to obtain 5 ‘bonus’ points for their community language in immigration applications and/or want to be a translator or interpreter need to sit for the external standardised examination(s) organised by the NAATI office.
At the start of 2018, NAATI introduced a new test, the CCL (Credentialed Community Language) test, in addition to the three traditional tests of Certified Translator test, Certified Interpreter test and Certified Provisional Interpreter test.