What is PTE?

What is PTE?

Pearson Test of English Academic, PTE Academic, is a computer-based English language test that measures and validates the proficiency levels of the English language of the non-native English speakers who enter the English-speaking academic world. PTE Academic assesses all four language skills-listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This test is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and Yale. PTE Academic is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian and New Zealand governments.

PTE Academic test is endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the same organization responsible for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), and is delivered worldwide through Pearson VUE centers.


PTE Academic consists of three main parts:

  • Part 1-Speaking and Writing
  • Part 2- Reading
  • Part 3- Listening

The test will last approximately three hours

Section Name

Section Name

Time Given

Speaking & Writing

77 – 93 mins
  • Personal Introduction
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Write Essay


32 – 41 mins
  • Multiple-choice: Choose single answer
  • Multiple-choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks


45 – 57 mins
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple-choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Multiple choices: Choose a single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

There is also an optional 10-minute break after the reading section.

There are twenty different question types, each assessing one language skill or a combination of language skills. Most of the items (question types) assess more than one skill. The table below shows the skills assessed in each item.


Test scores are aligned to the widely acclaimed set of levels defined in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), consisting of a numeric scale that ranges from 10 to 90 points, thus gauging an English language proficiency more accurately. All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. PTE Academic score is valid for two years.

Types Of Scoring

There are two types of scoring: Correct or Incorrect and Partial Credit

Correct or Incorrect

For items that fall in this category, you will receive maximum score points if your response is correct. If your response is incorrect, you will receive no score points.

Partial Credit

For items that fall in this category, your response is scored as correct, partially correct, or incorrect. If your response is correct, then you will receive maximum score points. If your response is partially correct, you will receive score points, which is less than the maximum score points. If your response is incorrect, you receive no score points.
The table below shows the type of scoring for each item type.

**For these item types in PTE Academic, points are deducted for wrong answers. This deduction is NOT applicable to any other items.

Types of Scores

PTE Academic reports three score: Overall score, Communicative skills scores, and Enabling skills scores

Overall Score

The overall score is calculated based on the performance of all the test items. This score ranges from 10 to 90 points.

Communicative Skills Scores

Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking are the Communicative skills measured on the PTE Academic. If an item assesses more than one skill, then the score of this item contributes to the score for each of the communicative skills. For example, if an item assesses both listening and speaking skills, then the score of this item contribute to the score for listening skill and for speaking skill. Each Communicative skills score ranges from 10 to 90 points.

Enabling Skills Scores

Grammars, Oral Fluency, Pronunciation, Spelling, Vocabulary, Written discourse are the enabling skills measured on the PTE Academic. Items that assess enabling skills contribute to the enabling skills scores. The score range of each enabling skill is 10 to 90 points.

Test Fees

The standard fee of PTE Academic examination is around Rs. 13,300, which is approximately USD 175. For more details about the test fees visit https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/test-centers-and-fees/

A late booking fee is incurred if a booking is made 48 hours or less before a test.

The Official Website for PTE is www.pearsonpte.com

Requirements to take the PTE Academic

Students must be at least 18 years or older to appear for the test, or he/she must produce a consent letter from their parents or guardian in order to attempt the test if the age is below 18 years.

How To Register For The Test

  • Visit pearsonpte.com/book-now/ and Create an account
  • Fill in the necessary details ( Ensure that the First Name and last name match with the details given in the passport*)
  • Within two business days, you receive an email with your login details
  • To schedule an appointment, visit pearsonvue.com/pte and login to your account
  • Select ‘Schedule this exam’
  • Search for the test center near you and choose from the available times
  • Make a payment, using credit card or debit card
  • You will receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details

Identification Document

To take the exam, you have to provide a Valid Passport, which is not expired.

Additional Score Reporting Fee: No charges
Test Accepted By: Over 1050 institutes across the world
When is the Test Conducted: Every month but fixed dates.
Test Repetition Policy: Next available date
Proof of Document Required for Registration: Original & Valid Passport

Typically, PTE Academic results are available within five business days.

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