PTE 90 Score: IELTS Equivalent & Study Tips

PTE 90 Score: IELTS Equivalent & Study Tips

Have you ever dreamed of achieving PTE 90?

Most people believe only native English speakers can score 90 on the PTE test, like getting an IELTS band of 9.0.

This is wrong. You can absolutely get the highest score if you are committed to working hard for success.

We are here to support you in pursuing your goals!

Below is the detailed and effective study plan by PTE Magic with tried-and-true tips from our students.

Let’s take a look.

Key Takeaways

  • According to Pearson’s PTE and IELTS Academic Concordance Report, a PTE score of 89 to 90 equals the IELTS band of 8.5 to 9.0.
  • With PTE 90, you can confidently apply for any visa, including those for studying, working, or migrating to Australia.
  • To achieve 90 on the PTE test, you need to develop a solid study plan with a time commitment. Below is the ultimate guide applied by our students.


PTE 90 to IELTS conversion

The PTE score of 89 to 90 equals the IELTS band of 8.5 to 9.0, according to the PTE and IELTS Academic Concordance Report offered by Pearson.

Besides, PTE 90 has the same value as Level C2 based on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Some may find PTE easier than IELTS.

One of our students had already tried IELTS eight times with a desired score of 8.0 before moving on to the PTE exam.

However, the highest for writing was 7.5, while she got 9.0 for speaking. She said IELTS was a challenging task, especially writing. 

PTE 90 is the highest level of English in the PTE scoring system.

At PTE 90 level, you will feel comfortable communicating at any level on various topics about academics, work, or daily life.

What can you do with a PTE 90?

pte 90 score - ielts equivalent & study tips

With PTE 90, you can confidently apply for any visa, including studying, working, and migrating to Australia.

For a study visa

This perfect PTE score will increase your chances of gaining admission to top Australian universities such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Sydney, and so on.

You can even get scholarships at these universities with your excellent records.

For Australian PR

According to the Australian PR pointing calculator, PTE 90 is equivalent to 20 migration points.

While your Australian PR visa application depends on many factors, PTE 90 will help your application stand out.

Study plan & tips for getting PTE 90

Scoring 90 in the PTE test is easier than you thought. However, you need to develop a solid study plan with a time commitment to achieve this.

Do not worry! We will share our ultimate guide for PTE 90 applied by our students.

PTE Speaking section

Read Aloud

  • Mark challenging words and rehearse them several times.
  • Do not add, omit or replace any words as this task also contributes to your Reading score.
  • Do not re-speak or correct your pronunciation! Keep speaking to ensure fluency.

Repeat Sentence

  • Listen and focus on important keywords and phrases.
  • The more words you can understand, the better you can grasp the sentence’s meaning and repeat it after the speaker.
  • You can take notes while listening. However, you need to practice daily to train the brain’s ability to react and concentrate.

Describe Image

  • Prepare your template well for images or each graph type.
  • Speak whatever you see but ensure a well-organized answer covering the key points and drawing a conclusion.

Retell Lecture

  • You can use the template to maintain fluency for this task.
  • Try to catch as many keywords as possible. Pronounce them clearly to get a high content score.

Answer Short Questions

You can practice this task with a question bank. However, try to listen and understand the question instead of reading the question and answering it mechanically.

General test-taking tips

  • Checking the microphone carefully before recording to ensure everything goes right.
  • Keep your voice loud and clear during the Speaking section.
  • Maintain the pace of your tone.
  • Do not leave gaps between sentences.
  • Do not speak too fast or too slow.
  • Pause at full stops and commas naturally.
  • Remember fluency is a success key for PTE Speaking tasks.

PTE Writing section

Summarise Written Text

  • You have to enter keywords grammatically.
  • Ensure there are no spelling mistakes.
  • Comply with the rules and write in a single sentence of no more than 75 words.


  • Use the writing template to save time and make your essay more relaxing.
  • Be mindful of grammar and spelling.
  • Deploy ideas according to the correct writing topic. Stay on topic.
  • Stick to the word limit.

General test-taking tips

  • Enhance your basic grammar and vocabulary.
  • Do not rely too much on templates. Instead, increase your ability to write your sentences with appropriate keywords.
  • Always proofread your writing before the Writing section ends.

PTE Reading section

Reading and Writing Fill in the blanks & Reading Fill in the blanks

  • Brush up your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, synonyms, and collocations.
  • Practice is vital. It will be a big joy if you encounter familiar questions in the test.
  • Review the answers and study why they are right or wrong.

Reorder Paragraphs

  • Focus on the main topic of the content.
  • Identify transitions and hints in sentences to rearrange paragraphs correctly.

General test-taking tips

  • Once again, practice is a must.
  • Expand your vocabulary by noting down the new words and their explanations.
  • Memorize collocations.

PTE Listening section

Summarize Spoken Text

  • Note down the keywords. But do not try to write down all the text.
  • Concentrate on the topic and most repeated words.
  • Check your grammar, form, and spelling.
  • Keep your answer to 50-70 words. 

Write from Dictation

  • Pay attention and write down the sentence on the erasable pad. You can type it if you find typing more convenient.
  • If you’re unsure whether the word is singular or plural, write down both.

General test-taking tips

  • Practice listening to various audio/podcasts until you gain confidence.
  • Get familiar with different accents and voices.
  • Close your eyes for better attention while listening to audio.
  • Keep a strict eye on time.


PTE 90 is not as far away as you think. Our study guide will keep your goals on track.

Are you ready to make your dreams come true? Contact us to get more advice from our PTE experts.

Last updated on 29/05/2024

I am a firm believer that the best teachers educate with their hearts not just their minds.

Moni | PTE MAGIC International Founder

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