Pearson test of English Academic/ PTE is the world’s prominent computer based test of English for abroad study. PTE Academic offers malleable testing locations with test centers in over 50 countries worldwide. Students applying for a higher education institution in UK, Australia, USA and New Zealand can appear for PTE Academic.

PTE evaluates the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills of the applicants to prove their level of Academic English proficiency. Questions often test 2 skills together such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done in a single period, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment. The speaking part of the test is done at the computer. Your voice is recorded and sent for marking. PTE is a 3-hour Computer based test that evaluates the English skills of candidates. The test is approved for use by the UK Border Agency and the Australian Department of Immigration and citizenship for Visa applications.PTE Academic results are available in five business days.

PTE Structure

Part of test                                        


Item type

Time allowed




Not timed


Speaking and writing

Section 1

Personal Introduction

1 minute

Section 2

Read aloud

30-35 minutes

Repeat sentence

Describe image

Re-tell lecture

Answer short questions

Section 3-4

Summarize written text

20 minutes

Section 5

Summarize written text or Write essay

10 or 20 minutes

Section 6

Write essay

20 minutes

Part 2:



Multiple-choice, choose single answer

32-41 minutes


Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers


Re-order paragraphs


Reading: Fill in the blanks


Reading & writing : Fill in the blanks


Part of test


Item type

Time allowed

Part 3:Listening

Section 1

Summarize spoken test

20-30 minutes



Section 2


Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

23-28 minutes

Fill in the blanks

Highlight correct summary

Multiple-choice, choose single answer

Select missing word

Highlight incorrect words

Write from dictation



  • Fast results

PTE Academic typically delivers results in five business days, so one does not need to worry about waiting for results.

  • Flexible test dates

Students can choose a time and place that suits their preference accordingly.

  • Approved

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


PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of universities globally, including prominent institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale. PTE Academic is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian government.


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