WHAT IS PTE?

Pearson Language Tests is a unit of the Pearson PLC group, dedicated to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers.

The tests include PTE Academic, PTE General (formerly known as London Tests of English), and PTE Young Learners. These are scenario-based exams, accredited by the QCA, Ofqual, and administered in association with Edexcel, the world’s largest examining body.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO WRITE PTE?

  • Pearson- the PTEconducting body does not prescribe any specific PTE eligibility criteria. However, according to the PTE Academic eligibility criteria, applicants need to be at least 18 years of age at the time of appearing in the examination.
  • Students who are below 18 years of age will have to produce an evidence of parental consent to take the English proficiency test.
  • Since the eligibility criterion of PTE Academic is not specified, aspirants planning to take the test must also check the eligibility criteria of the institutes they wish to apply.

 

WHAT IS PTE Exam Fee?

The PTE exam fee is currently Rs.10,255 +18 % GST

In case you are booking for your exam late, the price of late booking is Rs.12,819 + 18 % GST

 

WHAT SKILLS ARE TESTED IN PTE ACADEMICS?

  • PTE Academic consists of a single 3-hour test session which includes three sections: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading.
  • There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices through to essay writing and interpreting information.

One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly; in about 5 days

Part 1: Speaking & Writing
(77 – 93 minutes)
Part 2: Reading
(32 – 41 minutes)
Part 3: Listening
(45 – 57 minutes)
·    Personal introduction

  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay (20 mins)

 

Multiple choice, choose single answer·        

Multiple choice, choose multiple answers·        

Re-order paragraphs· 

Reading: Fill in the blanks·        

Reading & writing: fill in the blanks

Summarize spoken text·        

Multiple choice questions   

Fill in the blanks·

  Highlight the correct summary·        

    Multiple choice questions·        

   Select missing word·

Highlight incorrect words·

Write from dictation

 

Who accepts PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale. PTE Academic is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian and New Zealand governments.

NOTE: The PTE Academic test is recognised for immigration purposes

 

WHAT SKILLS ARE TESTED IN PTE GENERAL?

PTE General are theme-based exams designed to test how well a learner can communicate in authentic and realistic situations, and not on how well they remember formal vocabulary and structures. For this reason, the tests use real-life scenarios rather than pedantic grammatical exercises.

They test the four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

There are six levels which are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

CEFR level PTE General Exam time
C2 Proficient (Mastery) Level 5 2h55
C1 Advanced (Operational Proficiency) Level 4 2h30
B2 Upper Intermediate Level 3 2h
B1 Intermediate Level 2 1h35
A2 Elementary Level 1 1h30
A1 Foundation Level A1 1h15

 

Levels 4 and 5 of the PTE General are accepted for entrance to universities in the UK and by a variety of international companies.

 

WHO ACCEPTS PTE GENERAL?

PTE General is accepted around the world by universities, ministries of education and employers as proof of English language proficiency. The below is a list of countries where PTE General is accepted by government bodies.

NOTE: The PTE General test is not recognised for immigration purposes.

 

WHAT SKILLS ARE TESTED IN PTE YOUNG LEARNER TEST?

PTE Young Learners is a fun English language assessment for students aged six to 13, delivered by Edexcel; the UK’s largest examining body.

It tests a young learner’s ability to use structures and functions in realistic contexts and, later on in the series, tests their ability to use language to carry out specific communicative tasks, with an emphasis on real-life scenarios rather than on knowledge of specific language items and vocabulary.

There are four PTE Young Learners levels

Level PTE Young Learners Exam time
1 Firstwords 1h
2 Springboard 1h
3 Quickmarch 1h
4 Breakthrough 1h15

NOTE: The PTE Younger learner test is not recognised for immigration purposes.