The fast two-hour English test, accepted for study worldwide, migration or work. Now recognized for Canada’s SDS study applications.
How PTE Academic works
PTE Academic is taken on a computer in a secure and friendly test center environment. It tests your skills in speaking and writing, reading, and listening.
Taken in a test center
Computer-based with headset
Two hours long
Assesses real-life English
20 question types
Single test session
The three parts of the test
There are 20 different question types in the test, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing. Make sure you review the different question formats ahead of your test, as each part has different types of questions.
Part 1: Speaking & Writing
This part of the test is 54–67 minutes long and it contains seven different question types. It is the longest section of the test. You will be tested on your speaking and writing skills, using English you might hear in an academic environment.
Part 2: Reading
This part of the test is 29–30 minutes long and it contains five different question types. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skills test, one item type (‘Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks’) also assesses writing skills.
Part 3: Listening
This part of the test is 30–43 minutes long and it contains eight different question types.
The questions are based on audio or video clips, which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip once. You are allowed to take notes.
PTE Academic Online
An at-home, secure English proficiency test – accepted around the world for study.
Prove your English skills when you can’t reach a test center
PTE Academic Online is our at-home version of PTE Academic, for when you can’t reach a test center.
With PTE Academic Online, you can take your test at home, in an office, or wherever you have a quiet, private space. PTE Academic Online uses the exact same test content, scoring and format as PTE Academic in a test center.
Note: PTE Academic Online is not currently accepted for visa applications, and is only available in selected locations. It is not delivered in China.