What is PTE?

PTE is a computer-based academic test done to test English of anyone who is willing to study abroad. PTE is accepted by countries like the USA, UK, Australia, etc. PTE was designed by Pearson Language Tests endorsed by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) which is owned by the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and is a part of the Pearson PLC group.

Key highlights

  • Three-hour long computer-based test
  • Quick declaration of result (typically in 5 days)
  • Multi-level grading system
  • Every question generally tests two language skills

PTE assesses your ability by scoring you on what they call enabling skills. Namely:

oral fluency,
written discourse

Test Modules

The test is divided into three sections. There’s a short break of 10 minutes if you wish to take it and also a short introduction (which is not timed).

PartTime Modules
Reading1 minutePersonal introduction
Speaking and Writing77-93 minutesReading a text aloud, Repeating a sentence, Image Description, Re-telling a lecture, Answering questions, Summarizing a text, Introducing yourself, Writing an essay
Reading32-41 minutesFilling the blanks after you’ve read a text, Multiple choice questions (choose multiple answers/ Choose single answers), Re-order the given paragraphs reading comprehension
Break (Optional)10 minutes
Listening45 – 57 minutesSummarize what you have just heard MCQ related to the recording Transcript based fill in the blanks, Highlight the incorrect words of the text, Find the missing words

Speaking & Writing: (77 – 93 minutes)

Personal introduction
Read aloud
Repeat sentence
Describe image
Re-tell lecture
Answer short question
Summarize written text
Essay (20 mins)

Reading: (32 – 40 minutes)

Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
Re-order paragraphs
Reading: Fill in the blanks
Multiple-choice, choose single answer

Listening: (45 – 57 minutes)

Summarize spoken text
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
Fill in the blanks
Highlight correct summary
Multiple-choice, choose single answer
Select missing word
Highlight incorrect words
Write from dictation