PTE (The Pearson’s Test of English )

The Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) is an English language proficiency test that is similar to IELTS and TOEFL. Similar to these tests, the PTE is used to evaluate the communication skill of a non-native speaker in English and can help universities determine whether a student can understand the course material if it is taught entirely in English. The PTE is also accepted as a benchmark for English proficiency by countries as a part of their immigration program.

1.The PTE is generally taken by people whose first language is not English in order to study in or immigrate to English speaking countries.

2.The scores of the PTE exam are accepted as criteria for admission to many universities across the world.

3.Many of the top ranked universities such as Harvard, Yale, and INSEAD accept PTE scores as criteria for granting admissions.

4.Candidates should be at least 16 years old in order to attempt the PTE.

5.Candidates less than 18 years of age need to provide proof of parent’s consent

Course Details

The PTE has two versions – the PTE academic and PTE general

1.The PTE academic is specially designed for students who plan to study in an under graduation or post-graduation program where the medium of instruction will be in English

1.PTE academic is of three-hour duration.
2.It tests the candidates for their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
3.The candidates are required to listen to questions or read them from a printout and answer them accordingly
4.The PTE academic test is comprised of 20 different questions which are spread among the three major sections.
5.The questions can be in the form of analytical interpretation, multiple choice questions or essay prompts

2.PTE general gauges an immigrant’s ability to communicate easily in English and assimilate in an English speaking society.
1.The PTE general test is typically comprised of two sections, writing and speaking.
2.The written test is used to gauge the listening, reading and writing skills of the candidate.
3.The speaking test is used to assess the proficiency of the candidate in speaking English.


PTE Academic is a relatively new, international academic English Language Test, which is completely computer-based. It will measure you in the departments of Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing skills. You will be marked on a scale from 10-90. Students from the countries, which do not have English as their native language need to take this test to establish their proficiency in English. Pretty much like IELTS and TOEFL. The test is endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council; the same council that endorses GMAT.


Section Duration PTE Academic
Speaking & Writing 77 – 93 minutes Personal Introduction Read Aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question Summarise written text Essay (20mins)
Reading 32 – 41 minutes Fill in the blanks Multiple choice questions Re-order paragraphs Fill in the blanks A 10-minute break is optional
Listening 45 – 57 minutes Summarise spoken text Multiple choice questions Fill the blanks Highlight the correct summary Multiple choices, choose a single answer Select missing word Highlight incorrect words Write from dictation


PTE Academic Test is quite authentic in terms of test content and tasks where you demonstrate your ability to make efficient use of real-life English language skills. In addition the results for the PTE exam is published in 2-3 working days.
The test is conducted at Pearson Testing Centers. Test centers in India are: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.
The results will be available online within 3-4 business days of your test date. You will receive an email notification to the address provided at the time of registration when the result is declared online. The result is only available online.
PTE Academic Test scores are valid for two years.
The PTE Academic Test duration is 3 hours.

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