PTE, known as the Pearson Test of English is a computer-based test and is administered and conducted by Pearson Language Tests, a unit of Pearson PLC Group. The purpose of PTE is to assess one’s English language efficiency in writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This test is taken by students who aspire to study abroad or individuals who are looking forward to immigrate to a foreign country. University and immigration websites of countries often mention if they accept a PTE score for educational or immigration purposes. A valid PTE score helps you get an admission into a foreign university or also obtain a PR(permanent residency) visa for a country that accepts PTE for testing your English language competency level.

What is the difference between PTE academic and PTE general ?

PTE offers 2 types of tests: PTE academic and PTE general.

PTE Academic score is accepted by 6000 institutes globally including Yale, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, etc and by Australia for an immigration visa.

PTE General is taken to assess the candidate’s English language communication skills and enables them to practice their language abilities. It is accepted by universities and ministries of countries like Poland, Spain, the UK, Greece, Latvia, Mexico, Colombia, etc.

Depending on the requirement criteria you can take the test applicable to you. PTE academic and general both the tests require practice to acceptable scores.

PTE Format

Speaking and Writing
  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay ( 20 minutes)
77 – 93 minutes
  • Reading and writing – Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading – Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
32 – 40 minutes
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answer
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation
45 – 57 minutes
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