PTE

PTE - Pearson Test of English

Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a multi-level, computer-based English language test designed for non-native speakers aiming to study or work in English-speaking countries.
PTE Academic is mostly taken for immigration, employment and study purposes.
Recognized by thousands of universities and business schools worldwide, including reputable institutions such as the Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale.
PTE is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian and New Zealand government and you can make unlimited test attempts.
A 3-hour long computer-based test administered around the world – Speaking and Writing (77–93 min), Reading (32–41 min), and Listening (45–57 min).
PTE scores are scaled from 10-90. Most of our students score 75 and above!

PTE Test Format and Scoring

PTE Test Format
The test consists of the following sections:
 
Section I: Speaking
Speaking for a purpose (to repeat, inform, explain); supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanations; organizing an oral presentation in a logical way; developing complex ideas within a spoken discourse; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; speaking at a natural rate; producing fluent speech; using correct intonation; using correct pronunciation; using correct stress; speaking under timed conditions.
 
Section II: Writing
Writing for a purpose (to learn, to inform, to persuade); supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanations; organizing sentences and paragraphs in a logical way; developing complex ideas within a complete essay; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; using correct spelling; using correct mechanics; writing under
timed conditions.
 
Section III: Reading
Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying the relationships between sentences and paragraphs; understanding academic vocabulary; understanding the difference between connotation and denotation; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following a logical or chronological sequence of events.
 
Section IV: Listening
Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; summarizing the main idea; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying a speaker’s purpose, style, tone or attitude; understanding academic vocabulary; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent.
Sections Questions Duration Scoring
Speaking

35 – 42 items

77 – 93 minutes

10 – 90

Writing 3 – 5 tasks 77 – 93 minutes 10 – 90
Reading 15 – 20 items 32 – 40 minutes 10 – 90
Listening 17 – 25 items 45 – 57 minutes

10 – 90

Total   3 hours
Optional 10 minute break
10 – 90
 

Our PTE Classes

“A big thanks to ICON+ for providing me the best knowledge, guides and techniques for my PTE exam preparation. I’ve managed to get more than 79 in all subjects with an overall score of 82. I’ve also got 90 in speaking. Special thanks to my instructor Ian for providing me the best advice that enabled me to achieve my desired score at my first attempt.”

Mikki 👦

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Our PTE Coach

Audrey

Audrey
English, Law

Audrey has ample experience working as a private tutor and in classroom settings, from international schools in Shanghai to rural Malaysia to the South Side of Chicago. Originally from Malaysia and having lived as a student in the USA and China for the past decade, she knows firsthand the intricacies of navigating different education systems and is keen on helping others navigate this system too

Unlimited access to preparation for PTE, reading, writing, listening skills and more with Gateway+

Frequently Asked Questions about PTE

The PTE is required for migration to Australia and New Zealand, and is accepted in place of the IELTS or the TOEFL.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs categorises scores of above 65 in each section as indicative of a Proficient User, and score of above 79 in each section as indicative of a Superior User. For points-tested Skilled visas, a minimum PTE score of 50 in each section is required. A PTE score of above in each section is awarded 10 points, and a score of above 79 in each section is awarded 20 points.

PTE scores are valid for 2 years.

You may sit for the PTE as many times as you wish.

The PTE is held on multiple dates every month throughout the year. Information on test centres, fees and dates are here.

Test scores are available within 5 days of your test sitting.

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