PTE stands for the Pearson Test of English. It is a unit of the Pearson PLC group that is committed to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers. During the test, a student hears a range of accents, from British and American to non-native speakers, so as to expose them to the type of accents they will encounter in everyday life.

The tests include PTE Academic, PTE General (formerly known as London Tests of English), and PTE Young Learners. These are scenario-based exams, administered in association with Edexcel, the world’s largest examining body.

We will be focusing on PTE academic as it is the test trusted by universities, colleges, and governments around the world and thus helpful for the students.

Why PTE Academic?

  • Swift results – PTE results are typically available within 5 business days.
  • Flexibility – The tests are conducted for around 360 days of a year, in more than 250 test centers around the globe.
  • Real life Language – It is a computer-based exam that focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions
  • Legitimacy – The marking is based on computers checking which ensures all the students who appear for the test are scored reasonably and accurately and it enforces the policy of fair and secure.
  • Secure – Randomised test forms and data forensics ensure test security.
  • Accepted for visas – Approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications.
  • University acceptance – Accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world. PTE Academic is accepted by a large number of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale.

Test Format

PTE is a three-hour test session that consists of three primary parts: Speaking and Writing (together), Listening and Reading. A student is provided with a ten minutes optional intermission between the reading and listening parts. There are twenty different question formats which include multiple choice questions, essay writing. The test is conducted in a secure Pearson test center. A student will be provided with a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. Three parts of the test are:

Speaking and Writing – Which ends in around ninety minutes.

Reading – Which ends in around forty minutes.

Listening – Which ends for an hour.