What is PTE?

PTE is known as Pearson Test of English.

PTE Academic is an English language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non - native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world.

PTE General is international English language exams for speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL). It is developed by Pearson Language Tests and the exams are accredited by QCA, (Qualification and Curriculum Authority.

PTE is originally developed by the University Of London Schools Examination Board in 1982. The Examination Board merged with Business and Technological Council (BTEC) in 1996 to become Edexcel, the largest examining body of academic and vocational in the UK.

Why PTE?

PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. Typically, PTE Academic results are available within 5 business day.

Below are few reasons why to opt for PTE?

  • Flexible Test – Test dates available over 360 days of the year in over 200 test centers around the world.
  • Real Life Language- Based on the real-life English skills test takers need to communicate effectively in their destination, using academically relevant tasks and measuring skills in an integrated way.
  • Fair and Secure- 100% computer-based marking ensures all test takers are scored impartially and accurately. To ensure test score validity all test centers use state-of-the-art digital biometrics incorporating palm-scanning, digital signatures, secure paperless results, randomized test formats and CCTV.
  • Universal Acceptance- Accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world.
  • Accepted by Professional Associates- Accepted by an increasing number of professional associations around the world for registration and assessment.

What are the Modules in PTE?

There are 2 different types of module in PTE i.e.

  • Academic Module: This module is designed for applicants planning for the admission into a university/institution.
  • General Module: This module is designed for realistic communication skills testing. It is undertaken for immigration purposes such as work.

What skills are tested

  • PTE Academic assesses Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing all via computer in a single 3-hour test session.
  • In the PTE General exam, there are two segments, further divided into six sections altogether. The PTE General test has primary two sections – a written paper and a spoken test. The written segments is further divided into listening, reading comprehension and writing skills sections. The PTE General can last from anywhere between 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending upon the level of the test.

How is PTE scored?

PTE Academic scores are accessed via an online account. You will receive an email notifying you once your scores are available. After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that you created to book your test.

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English, a thermometer-style scale that gives you an accurate overview of your skills. The Global Scale of English aligns with a variety of popular tests and scales around the world. Find out more about the Global Scale of English.

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The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.

The overall score reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

Scores for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills. The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.

Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing one or more of these skills. The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.

Validity of Score

  • PTE Academic : The PTE Academic score is valid up to 2 years.
  • PTE General : The PTE General exam score is valid up to lifetime.