The full form of PTE is the Pearson Test of English. PTE Academic is an international computer based English language test. This test is designed to meet the demand of institutions, governments and other organizations for testing non-native English language students who are going to English speaking environment. PTE is authorized by Graduate Management Admission Council.

PTE Academic assesses real life, academic English rather than high level English language. In this course of this test, the candidate hears extracts from lectures and views graphs and charts. The candidate hears variety of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers.

PTE Academic is accepted by thousand of universities worldwide, including eminent institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale. Australian and New Zealand governments accepts PTE Academic for visa purposes.

Even though PTE is a new entrant among other English proficiency tests, this test has gained wide popularity in a short span of time, especially because of quick results and flexible test dates.

Test format

Speaking and Writing

Time Limit: 77 to 93 minutes.

  1. Personal Introduction
  2. Read aloud
  3. Repeat sentence
  4. Describe image
  5. Re-tell lecture
  6. Answer short question
  7. Summaries written text (one sentence)
  8. Summaries written text (paragraph)
  9. Essay (20mins)


Time Limit: 32 to 41 minutes.

  1. Fill in the blanks
  2. Multiple choice questions
  3. Re-order paragraphs
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Multiple choice questions

NOTE: A ten minute break is optional.


Time Limit: 45 to 57 minutes.

  1. Summarize spoken text
  2. Multiple choice questions
  3. Fill the blanks
  4. Highlight the correct summary
  5. Multiple choice, choose single answer
  6. Select missing word
  7. Highlight incorrect words
  8. Write from dictation

Overall scoring

The PTE Academic Score Report includes candidate’s overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills score.

The overall score reflects overall English language ability of a candidate. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range of the overall score is 10 to 90.

Communicative Skills include listening, reading, speaking and writing. Scores for communicative skills 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 to 90.

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

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