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PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer based test of English for study abroad and immigration. Typically, PTE Academic results are available within five business days.


PTE Academic typically delivers results in five business days, so you don’t need to worry about waiting for results.

Flexible Test Dates

We run test sessions 363 days of the year, at one of over 200 locations worldwide, so you can choose a time and place that suits you.


Approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.

About The Test

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.


To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson Test Centre. 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 easy writing and interpreting information.


PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic contents, so you will hear experts 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 and Writing (77-93 minutes)

  • Personal Information
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short questions
  • One sentence
  • Paragraph
  • Essay (20 mins)


PART 2: Reading (32-42 mins)

  • Multiple choice questions (x2)
  • Re-order paragraph
  • Fill in the blanks

A 10 minute break is optional


PART 3: Listening (45-57 mins)

  • Summarize spoken test
  • Multiple choice x2
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

PTE Academic is scored against the global scale of English, a thermometer-style scale that gives you an accurate overview of your skills. The Global Scale of English aligns with a verity of popular tests and scales around the world.Your score resort has several sections:


  • Your personal details and photo
  • Your overall score
  • A detailed breakdown of your performance


The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.


The overall score reflects your overall English Language ability. The score is based on performances on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.


Score for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills. The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.


The display of the scores in a graph allows you to quickly see your strengths and weakness, and how each skill relates to your overall performances.