What is PTE?

The PTE Academic exam is a computer-based English language test accepted by educational institutions around the world. Those students and aspirants who desire to go abroad for studying or immigration to a major English speaking country are required to take the PTE Academic exam to prove their English language competency.

The three-hour-long computer-based test focusses on day to day English rather than high-level English language and tests a student on his/her ability to effectively understand the language as spoken daily. The multi-level grading system ensures a better understanding of the student’s proficiency in the English language.

There are many factors that distinguish PTE Academic from its close competitors – IELTS and TOEFL. The first and foremost distinguishing aspect of the same is the scoring pattern and the results. As the tests are completely computerized, the pte result score and are declared much quicker, typically in 5 business days. This makes it aptly suited for students who are in a bit of a rush. 

Why take PTE Academic Exam?

PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test for non-native English speakers who wish to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills of the candidates. The test is designed in such a way that every question generally tests 2 skills together, like reading and speaking or listening and reading. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment.

What is the pattern of this exam?

The PTE Academic is broadly divided into Speaking and Writing, Reading and Listening sections. The speaking section contains a personal introduction part where the candidates have to introduce themselves within 30 seconds. However, this item is not scored, but it gives the candidate a chance to introduce themselves to the institute. On the computer screen they can see a recording box after a beep tone, they are asked to speak. Test taker’s voice is recorded and sent for marking. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices to essay writing and interpreting information. PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic English, so they will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. Candidates will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers the type of accents they will encounter in everyday life.

Candidates can check out the detailed PTE Syllabus for each category below:

Speaking and Writing

For the Speaking and Writing Section question types would include, personal introduction, reading aloud, repeat sentences, describe image, re-tell lecture, short questions and summarize the text.   


For the Reading Section, question types would include fill in the blanks, multiple-choice questions, re-order paragraphs.


For the Listening Section, question types would revolve around summarizing spoken text, multiple-choice questions, fill in the blanks, highlight the correct summary, write from dictation, highlight incorrect words and select missing words.