About PTE Academic Exam

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 will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are 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.



PTE Academic Test Strategy

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single three-hour test session.PTE Academic is the leading computer-based English test accepted for migration applications. ​

Even though you may have good English, some of the questions like the ‘Retell lecture’ in the Speaking section or ‘Reorder Paragraph’ in the reading section can leave even the most proficient of English speakers scratching their heads when they encounter it for the first time. When you encounter these questions via the mock tests it prepares you for what to expect in the exam.