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Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English and, as such, it is accepted by thousands of universities around the world for study applications. These educational institutions include the prestigious Harvard Business School, Yale and INSEAD. PTE Academic is also approved by the governments of Australia and New Zealand for migration applications. It assesses each candidate’s practical English skills in an integrated way in an academic environment. PTE Academic tests are scored by computers, resulting in impartial outcomes. Test results are typically available within five business days.

PTE Academic assesses candidates’ four language skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes. PTE Academic consists of three main parts. Each part contains a number of sections. Each section is individually timed. The table below shows the test structure.

Part of test Section Task type Time allowed
Part 1: 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 question
Sections 3 – 4 Summarise written text 20 minutes
Section 5 Summarise written text or Write essay 10 or 20 minutes
Section 6 Write essay 20 minutes
Part 2: Reading 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 3:Listening Section 1 Summarise spoken text 20 or 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

The following equivalence table is used by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (previously known as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) and Australian universities and colleges in their judgments about candidates’ eligibility for study and migration applications.

Test Equivalences
Test Test Score Band
IELTS 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0
TOEFL iBT 31 32 35 46 60 79 94 102 110 115 118
PTE Academic 29 30 36 42 50 58 65 73 79 83 86