Pearson Test of English Academic

Courses & Exams

Why Choose PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is the first entirely computer-based English language test which is widely accepted by thousands of universities and colleges around the world. PTE scores are also approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand visa and immigration categories. Powered by AI technology, PTE Academic provides a fast and convenient testing solution where candidates will be assessed objectively without human bias. Results are typically available within just 48 hours of taking the test.

PTE Academic Exam Format

The 3-hour test assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, all via the computer. Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. For the speaking test, the candidate’s voice is recorded and sent for marking.

Part 1: Speaking & Writing
(77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarise written text
  • Essay (20 mins)

Part 2: Reading
(32 – 40 minutes)

  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer

Part 3: Listening
(45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarise spoken text
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answer
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

Understanding PTE Academic Score

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English (GSE), which aligns with a variety of popular tests and scales around the world.

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Below is a sample of the PTE Academic Score Report:

The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.

The overall score reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

Scores for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills. The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.

Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing one or more of these skills. The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.

The display of the scores in a graph allows you to quickly see your strengths and weaknesses, and how each skill relates to your overall performance.