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Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an international computer-based English language test. Each test taker does between 70 and 91 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. The entire test duration is approximately 3 hrs.

The communicative skills measured are Listening, reading, speaking and writing. Items testing these communicative skills also test specific sub skills.

Enabling skills scores:

The enabling skills are used to rate performance in the productive skills of speaking and writing. The enabling skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse. The scores for enabling skills are based on performance on only those items that assess these skills specifically. The score range for each skill is 10–90 points. The enabling skills reported are described as follows:

  • Grammar Correct use of language with respect to word form and word order at the sentence level

  • Oral fluency Smooth, effortless and natural-paced delivery of speech

  • Pronunciation Production of speech sounds in a way that is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. Regional or national varieties of English pronunciation are considered correct to the degree that they are easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language

  • Spelling Writing of words according to the spelling rules of the language. All national variations are considered correct, but one spelling convention should be used consistently in a given response

  • Vocabulary Appropriate choice of words used to express meaning, as well as lexical range

  • Written discourse Correct and communicatively efficient production of written language at the textual level. Written discourse skills are represented in the structure of a written text, its internal coherence, logical development


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 (20mins)

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)
  • Summarize spoken text

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Fill the blanks

  • Highlight the correct summary

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Select missing word

  • Highlight incorrect words

  • Write from dictation

PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)
  • Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Re-order paragraphs

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q1 Which all countries accept PTE Academic?

Ans. Australia, India, UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, etc.

Q2 How is the test taken ?

Ans. It's an internet based test.

Q4 How does one register for the test?


Q4 What is the test fees?


Q5 When do the results get announced?

Ans. The results are usually announced within 5 days

Q6 How is the score sent ?


Q7 Is there a limit to the number of times one can write the test?

Ans. If you are disappointed with the score you have achieved, you can take the test again. You may retake PTE Academic as many times as you want, although you must wait until you have received your scores from one test before booking another. Institutions will not see your scores unless you allow them to by sending your scores to them via the website. This means that institutions will not be able to see if your scores are better or worse than previous attempts. You can send them to an unlimited number of institutions, but you may only select seven recipients at any one time (per score order).

Q8 Can a student request for a rescore?

Ans. If you are unhappy with your PTE Academic score, you may request a rescore. Before doing this, test takers should take the following into consideration:

  • PTE Academic is automatically rescored; therefore, it is unlikely that your overall scores will change.
  • 1. Only spoken responses and open-ended written responses are rescored.
  • 2. In the unlikely event that your score changes, it may go up or down.
  • 3. If your score changes, it will replace your previous score.
  • 4. You may only request a rescore of your most recent PTE Academic test. You cannot request a rescore if you have already either scheduled another test or sent your score to an institution.
  • 5. To order a rescore, you must contact Pearson Customer Service within 14 calendar days of your score report being made available to you.

Q9 What is the validity of the score?

Ans. The PTE Test scores are valid for 2 years

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