What is PTE Academic?


PTE Academic is an entirely computer-based English language test for those planning to study abroad or move to another country. 

PTE Academic scores, available within just 5 days, are based on the GSE (Global Scale of English) and are accepted by universities, employers and institutions around the world, including the UK Home Office and the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Why take PTE Academic?


Results typically available within just 48 hours of taking the test.



Widely accepted by universities, colleges and governments around the world.



Schedule tests up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year.



Computer-based testing and scoring means you are assessed objectively and consistently.


About the test

To take the test, you need to attend a secure Pearson test centre, where you will use a computer a headset to answer all questions.

The test session takes 3 hours and consists of three main parts: speaking and writing (combined), reading and listening. There is an optional 10-minute break before the listening part. The test covers twenty different questions formats, from multiple choice to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses practical knowledge of real-life, academic English using such source materials as lectures, charts and graphs. It takes into account different accents of the English language encountered in everyday life, so you will hear both native British and American speakers, as well as speakers for whom English is a foreign language.

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Test Format

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

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

Part 2: Reading
(32–40 minutes)

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


Part 3: Listening
(45–57 minutes)

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

Learn about the test format and know
what to expect in your PTE Academic test


For detailed information about the test format, recognition, test centres and fees, visit pearsonpte.com.





All tests require appropriate preparation. Pearson offers resources and courses specifically designed for test takers preparing for the PTE Academic test.

Explore preparation resources for PTE Academic, including scored test packages, official coursebooks and a free practice app.



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