PTE

PTE is Pearson Test of English. PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.

The following tests are available from Pearson:

The Pearson Test of English Academic

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment. The speaking part of the exam is done at the computer. Your voice is recorded and sent for marking.
One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly; in about 5 days.

Test Format:

PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)
  • Personal Introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text (one sentence)
  • Summarize written text (paragraph)
  • Essay (20mins)
PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)
  • Multiple choice questions (x2)
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks (x2)
PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice x2
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

The Pearson Test of English General

Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) is an assessment solution at six levels of proficiency, which assesses and accredits general English language ability. All levels of PTE General are recognized globally and are accepted by universities, employers and national education authorities in many countries as evidence of a required level of English. The six levels of the test are provided in partnership with Edexcel Limited, the largest UK awarding body for academic and vocational qualifications.

Test Format:

PTE General consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK. The spoken test is assessed by trained local examiners and is sent to the UK for moderation. There are six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). All levels in the test are awarded by Edexcel and accredited by Ofqual in the UK. PTE General certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.