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PTE Exam Format

PTE stands for Pearson Test of English which is basically a highly academic multi-level exam like other major English language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc. It was originated in 2009, designed by the Pearson PLC group to assess and validate the English usage of non-native English speakers before pursuing a career abroad. The exam scores of PTE is accepted by:

  • Australian Government and UK Border agency for Visa applications
  • Universities of New Zealand, UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Irelandfor enrollment
  • Prestigious Universities like Harvard, London Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Businessand Yale
  • Over 6000 official organizations

The key standout factor that makes the PTE test one of the best possible option out of other English language tests is swift delivery of exam results within 4 – 5 days. PTE exam is a scenario based computerized exam which tests reading, writing, listening, speaking skills and includes:

  1. PTE Academic
  2. PTE General (formerly London Tests of English)
  3. PTE Young Learners (formerly London Tests of English for Children)


PTE General exam

PTE Academic exam

PTE Young Learners exam

Administrative bodies

It is conducted by Pearson in partnership with Edexcel Limited

It is conducted by Pearson Language Tests and endorsed by GMAC aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

It is conducted by Pearson in partnership with Edexcel Limited

Purpose of Exam

Realistic communication skills testing

Admission into foreign universities

English language communication test for children

The main emphasis is put on effective communication rather than memorising grammatical structures and vocabulary

Accepted by

Ministries and universities of following countries:

Albania, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Estonia

Australia for Visa purpose and by over 6,000 academic global institutes

Test can be taken in over 40 global territories and accepted by all educational institutions 

Exam format

Written paper and interview

Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking tests

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening tests

Exam Date

Thrice in a year in the months of May, December and June

Most accessible test held over 360 days in a year

May, June, October, November and December

Score Validity

Lifetime validity

Scores of PTE Academic exam are valid for 2 years

There is no such validity criteria

Eligibility criteria

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.

Time duration of PTE exam

The total time duration of PTE exam is 3 hours with no breaks in between.

Total number of type of questions in PTE exam is 20.

The exam is assessed via computer and score scale is between 10 to 90.

PTE Exam Format

PTE exam comprises of four sections- Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, which assesses respective English skills.


(77 – 93 minutes)

The Speaking module of PTE exam also assesses your speaking, listening, and writing skills.

Your speaking skills will be analysed via questions that will require you to repeat the sentences spoken in an audio clip, respond to the questions and summarize the passages on given academic topics.

Following tasks are given in the Speaking and Writing test module:

  • Personal Introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay




(32 – 41 minutes)


This section tests your reading skills with a set of different questions. The reading segment of the Pearson Test of English evaluates your understanding of written information in the English language. It is advised to read the questions carefully and answer accordingly. Following tasks are given in the Reading module:

  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Multiple choice questions




(45 – 57 minutes)


The Listening test is the final section and is divided into various small parts. It assesses your ability to understand spoken English. The questions included in this section are based on 60 – 90 seconds long audio or video clips which are played only once. So, it is mandatory that you listen to the clips very carefully and make notes. You will get 10 minutes to write your response in 50-70 words. Following tasks are given in the Listening module of PTE exam:  

  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Fill the blanks
  • Write from dictation

PTE Exam centres in India

Cities where PTE exam is conducted:


Pearson Professional Centres

Sri Sai Group Of Institutes


Pearson Professional Centres

Take off academy


Pearson Professional Centers

The Chopras


Pearson Professional Centers

Target Consultancy

Kangaroo Studies Pvt. Ltd.


Pearson professional centres

Edwise International LLP


Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt Ltd


Edwise International LLP


Storm group


Pearson Professional Center

Storm group


Pearson Professional Center



Global Reach


Pearson Professional Center


Pearson Professional Centers

Edwise International LLP


Global Reach


Pearson Professional Centers

Pearson India Education Services Pvt. Ltd.

Global Opportunities Pvt. Ltd.


Sophiya Institute


Pearson Professional Center

Edwise International LLP


Trans Globe Education


Shree Education Services


Storm Group

KL university

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