PTE (Pearson test) Academic


What is PTE ?

PTE (Pearson test) Academic is trusted by universities for Study Abroad, colleges and governments around the world. It is the most unbiased proof of a candidate’s English skills.

Why are more test takers choosing PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is accepted for student and migration applications across the world. In addition to its unbiased approach to testing, the test has many unique advantages.

Test Format

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

Part 2: Reading
(32 – 40 minutes)

Part 3: Listening
(45 – 57 minutes)

  • Personal introduction

  • Read aloud

  • Repeat sentence

  • Describe image

  • Re-tell lecture

  • Answer short question

  • Summarize written text

  • Essay (20 mins)

  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Reading: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple choice, choose single answer

  • Summarize 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

Scoring Convention

  • Overall score

  •  The overall score is based on performance on all test items (tasks in the test consisting of instructions, questions or prompts, answer opportunities and scoring rules). Each test taker will answer between 71 and 83 items in any given test and there are 20 different item types. For each item, the score given contributes to the overall score. The score range is 10–90 points.

  • Note: the overall score is not an average calculation of the communicative scores.

Communicative skills scores

Enabling skills scores

  •  Enabling skills are reported so that test takers can understand areas of strength and areas for improvement in their language ability. The enabling skills are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse. Enabling skill scores are summaries of a test taker’s performance on different aspects of language that are scored in different item types.


  • The communicative skills measured are listening, reading, speaking and writing. These are the scores you will be judged on for visa/HEI entry. Items testing these communicative skills also test specific subskills. For items requiring integrated skills (those assessing reading and speaking, listening and speaking, reading and writing, listening and writing, or listening and reading) the item score contributes to the score for the communicative skills that the item assesses. The score range for each skill is 10–90 points.