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PTE Academic Exam Format

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test which is designed to assess non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad.

It tests your reading, writing, listening, speaking skills.

These tests are often clubbed together such as listening-reading or reading-speaking.

The whole test is of 3 hours done in a single session, and is taken sitting at a computer in a secured test environment. The test is then recorded and sent for marking.

The results are automated so they usually take 5 days to arrive.

Administrative bodies

The PTE Academic exam is conducted by Pearson Language Tests and endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF of CEFR)

Purpose of Exam

PTE Academic analyses your ability to communicate in an academic environment.

It is required for admission

into a foreign University/Institution


The PTE Academic score is accepted by 6,000 academic institutes across the globe including Yale and London Business school.

It’s accepted by Australia for Visa purpose


Test takers should possess a valid passport as proof of identity for applying and appearing in PTE exam.

Students can apply for PTE exam from the age of 16. Although minor applicants, under the age of 18 does require a parental consent letter to take the test.


Applicants of PTE Academic exam can register online through the official website of Pearson

Exam Date

The PTE Academic exam is held in more than 200 locations worldwide and over 360 days in a year which makes it easily accessible and advantageous over PTE General exam

Score validity

The PTE Academic exam result is valid only for two years from the date of issue of PTE Academic result.

PTE Academic results are out within 5 business days and the score range of PTE exam is on a scale of 10-90.

The PTE Academic exam result contains overall scores of the Speaking section, Listening section, Reading section, Writing section, Grammar, Spelling, Oral Fluency, Vocabulary and Written discourse scores.

PTE Academic Exam Format

In the PTE Academic exam format, there are four sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.


Test items

Time duration

PTE Speaking




PTE Writing

  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Retell lecture
  • Answer short questions
  • Summarize written text (in one sentence)


  • Summarize written text (paragraph)
  • Essay writing

77 to 93 minutes

PTE Reading

  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer
  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks (Reading)
  • Fill in the blanks (Reading and Writing)

32 to 41 minutes

PTE Listening

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

45 to 57 minutes

Each sections of PTE Academic is elaborated in the linked pages.

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