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Pearson Language Tests is a unit of the Pearson PLC group, dedicated to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers. PTE has two kinds of exams,

  1. PTE Academic

  2. PTE General.

Who accepts PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale and countries like UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, etc...

Test Format PTE Academic

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via a computer in a single three-hour test session. 

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 choice 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.

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

In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes.

To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.

The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.

Part 2: Reading (32 – 40 Minutes)

In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.

Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)

Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.

For each question, you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.

Acceptable ID

You must provide acceptable identification documents to sit PTE Academic, typically this will be your passport. 

PTE Academic Test Fee

Standard Price - INR 13,300

Late Booking Price - INR 13,965

 

Test Format PTE General

PTE General integrates all four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and focuses on assessing the ability to communicate in English, rather than test-taking skills. The PTE General test is not recognized for immigration purposes.

The test consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test.

  • The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK.

  • The spoken test assesses speaking skills and is also marked by external examiners in the UK.

 

Assessment of communicative ability

PTE General is a scenario-based English language test designed to allow students the freedom to express themselves, show what they can do and how well they can use English.

Realistic and familiar tasks

The test uses real-life material and tasks, such as writing messages, understanding talks and newspaper articles, or participating in the conversation.

Positive testing experience

Through a variety of tasks that are relevant and authentic the test will help students identify their strengths and track improvement and success.

 PTE General certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly

Test levels

All six levels of proficiency (A1, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) are designed to assess and accredit general English language ability. The levels are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and accredited by Ofqual in the UK.

 

Foundation Level

Exam time: 1hr 15 mins

Speaking test: Five mins

Level 1

Exam time: 1 hr 35 mins 

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level A2.

Level 2

Exam time: 1 hr 35 mins 

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level B1.

Level 3

Exam time: two hours

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level B2.

Level 4

Exam time: two hours, 30 minutes

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level C1.

Level 5

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level C2

Written test (two hours and 55 minutes)

PTE General Test Fees

The higher-level tests are more expensive than the lower-level ones.

Expect to pay £50 for level A1 and £100 for level 5.

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