By: Eric Shrestha

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Educational institutes including PTE and NAATI CCL preparation centres are offering students the option of taking their PTE and NAATI CCL preparation classes in person or online. And while not all centres have this availability, the trend of offering online courses is increasing. 

But which option is better? This has been a debate for students since institutes began taking part in this technological evolution of learning.

Some students, like Anju Gurung, prefer in-person classes. Others, like Sumin Bhattarai, prefer to take classes online.

So, let’s take a deeper look at the pros and cons of both so you can decide for yourself which one is the best

In-person is more active and involved

“I prefer in-person classes mainly because of the more hands-on learning approach that I think in-person classes have,” Gurung says. “It’s much easier to be distant and detached from the course, your classmates, and the tutor in an online class.”

In-person courses hold the student accountable for remaining active and alert during class time.

Online allows learning at any pace

“Online classes offer more efficient learning because you don’t have the lag of a group class,” Bhattarai says. “It depends on how they learn. If they can motivate themselves then online is a great option.”

Students learn and work at a different pace. Bhattarai says online classes offer the opportunity for faster learners to work at their pace and slower learners to take the time to make sure they understand the material.

In-person connects students to the tutor

“It’s much easier to form a relationship with the tutor,” Gurung says. “Online, I usually don’t get to know my tutor or only correspond with them via email so it doesn’t feel like a real relationship.”

Although some in-person courses are great as the student to tutor ratio is good, others are terrible since only a single tutor is assigned to 30 students, and this is a common practice in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. This can make it difficult to build a working relationship with the tutor.

Online offers schedule flexibility

Bhattarai says he enjoys the ability to choose his schedule for his class time. It allows him to work at his own pace and mold the class to fit his needs, not the other way around.

Bhattarai also agrees, “I think online classes do have their perks, especially with how lenient they can be with scheduling.”

Online allows students to work

“If they want to focus more on a job then online is a great option,” Bhattarai says. “In my case, the PTE preparation I am using fits my hectic work schedule better.”

A big factor for students when attending or after college, applying for Temporary Residency, attempting PTE and NAATI CCL is the cost. Being able to adjust their schedules to work around their job is important to students, including both Gurung and Bhattarai.

“Personally, I’m taking a lot of online classes right now because it allows me to work more hours,” Gurung says.

At the end of the day, the debate is still active. Online and in-person PTE and NAATI CCL preparation classes hold the same weight, and finding the right fit is a matter of testing every option.

“My advice to a student who’s debating between the two would be to figure out what works best with your schedule as online classes can be very convenient,” Gurung says. “However, if you know you’re a person who’s not self-motivated, you may have more success with an in-person class. Online classes have actually taught me a lot of time management skills so I think finding a good online preparation class which offers mock test and practice test is the best way to go.”



Eric Shrestha

About the Author

Eric scored 90 in all four Communicative Skills of PTE with 90 in all of Enabling Skills. He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT with 117 out of 120 in TOEFL. He went on to graduate with a degree in Genetics and Biochemistry followed by 7 years of post-graduate study in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on cancer research. His GRE score was in the 99th percentile. Before migrating to Australia from the US, he attained 9 in Reading, 9 in Listening, 8.5 in Writing, and 8 in Speaking in IELTS. He is passionate about bringing education and the tools to succeed to students from all backgrounds and walks of life. He has years of tutoring experience and researches Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Automated Essay Scoring in his free time.