There has been no change to the construct of the test or how it is scored.
However, how PTE scores relate to IELTS has changed. Pearson has started informing institutions and governments about the results of the concordance research and suggests that in the majority of cases the research shows minimal changes in the relationship between PTE and IELTS.
The concordance research only compares PTE Academic and IELTS Academic tests. The alignment of PTE Academic to TOEFL and the industry-standard used to describe language proficiency, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), has not changed.
What has 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
This concordance study compared IELTS Academic results with PTE Academic results and did not involve IELTS General tests. However, as IELTS Academic and General are 50% the same test and the same scoring criteria is used for both modules it is reasonable to apply the concordance research results to IELTS General for setting entry requirements.
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