PTE Academic

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. PTE Academic offers fast and flexible English testing with the ability for the candidates to schedule their test as little as twenty-four hours in advance, and typically receive their results within five business days.

PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of academic programs worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale University to name a few. Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done in a single session lasting up to 3 hours and is taken on computer in a secured test environment. The speaking part of the exam is also conducted using computer as well done to record your voice and send for marking.

Why choose PTE Academic?
  • Results are typically available within five business days.
  • Testing globally over 360 days of the year in over 200 test centers around the world.
  • Based on the real-life English skills test takers need to communicate effectively in their destination, using academically relevant tasks and measuring skills in an integrated way.
  • 100% computer-based marking ensures all test takers are scored impartially and accurately. To ensure test score validity all test centers use state-of-the-art digital biometrics incorporating palm-scanning, digital signatures, secure paperless results, randomized test formats and CCTV.
  • Test sessions are run in over 50 countries around the world.
  • Test takers can send their scores to as many institutions as they like, without an additional fee.
  • Approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications.
  • Accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world.
  • Accepted by an increasing number of professional associations around the world for registration and assessment.
About the Test

To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test center. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

During the three-hour test session, there are three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There is also an optional 10-minute break between the reading and listening parts. During the test, you will find twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic English, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

PTE Academic Exam Structure
Part Of Test Section Item Type Time allowd
Introduction - - Not timed
Part1: Speaking & Writing Section1 Personal Introduction 1 Minute
Section2 Read aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question 30-35 Minutes
Section3-4 Sum marize Written text 20 Minutes
Section5 Sum marize Written text or write essay 10 Or 20 Minutes
Section6 Write essay 20 Minutes
Part2: Reading   Multiple-choice, Choose single Answer 32-41 Minutes
Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answer
Re-order paragraphs
Reading: Fill in the blanks
Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
Part3: Listening Section 1 Summarize spoken text 20 or 30 Minutes
Section 2 Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answer 23-28 Minutes
Fill in the blanks
Highlight correct summary
Multiple-choice, Choose single Answer
select missing word
Highlight incorrect words
Write from dictation
Scoring in PTE Academic

PTE Academic is scored on a scale of 10 – 90 where 10 is lowest, with increments of 1 point. Graded on the scale, the score showcase the person’s ability to read, speak, understand verbal instructions and write the English language. The scores are presented in a graph, giving an easy understanding of the candidate’s core skills in the language as well as improvement areas.

Why study and practice PTE Academic at Espire Education?

PTE Academic preparation course provides you with the skills and strategies you need to achieve your desired score on the PTE test.

Our preparatory course enables you to:

  • Full access to course materials
  • 100s of test practice questions
  • Full practice
  • Sub-skills in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary
  • Knowledge of the test procedures, format and question types
  • Understanding of the test format
  • Effective strategies for the listening and reading tests
  • Improving speaking
  • Constructing effective writing tasks
  • Feedback from experienced teacher

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