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What is PTE?

PTE Training (Pearson Test Of English) The Person’s Test of English (PTE) is an English language proficiency test that is similar to IELTS and TOEFL. Similar to these tests, the PTE is used to evaluate the communication skill of a non-native speaker in English and can help universities determine whether a student can understand the course material if it is taught entirely in English.

Features of PTE

  • 1. The PTE is generally taken by people whose first language is not English in order to study in or immigrate to English speaking countries.
  • 2. The scores of the PTE exam are accepted as criteria for admission to many universities across the world.
  • 3. Many of the top ranked universities such as Harvard, Yale, and INSEAD accept PTE scores as criteria for granting admissions.
  • 4. Candidates should be at least 16 years old in order to attempt the PTE
  • 5. Candidates less than 18 years of age need to provide proof of parent’s consent

Versions of PTE test

  • The PTE has two versions – the PTE academic and PTE general
  • 1. The PTE academic is specially designed for students who plan to study in an under graduation or post-graduation program where the medium of instruction will be in English
  • 2. PTE general gauges an immigrant’s ability to communicate easily in English and assimilate in an English speaking society.

Sections For PTE Academic

  • 1. PTE academic is of three-hour duration.
  • 2. It tests the candidates for their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
  • 3. The candidates are required to listen to questions or read them from a printout and answer them accordingly
  • 4. The PTE academic test is comprised of 20 different questions which are spread among the three major sections.
  • 5. The questions can be in the form of analytical interpretation, multiple choice questions or essay prompts

Sections For PTE General

  • 1. The PTE general test is typically comprised of two sections, writing and speaking.
  • 2. The written test is used to gauge the listening, reading and writing skills of the candidate.
  • 3. The speaking test is used to assess the proficiency of the candidate in speaking English.


  • The IELTS is generally divided into types the Academic and general tests
  • 1. The IELTS academic is specially made for students who intend to take up an under graduation or post-graduation program in any English speaking nation.
  • 2. The IELTS general is taken by potential immigrants who aspire to migrate to English speaking countries.
Part of test Item type Skills assessed Type of scoring
Part 1: Speaking and writing Personal introduction Not assessed Unscored
Read aloud Reading and speaking Partial credit
Repeat sentence Listening and speaking Partial credit
Describe image Speaking Partial credit
Re-tell lecture Listening and speaking Partial credit
Answer short question Listening and speaking Correct/incorrect
Summarize written text Reading and writing Partial credit
Write essay Writing Partial credit
Part 2: Reading Multiple-choice, choose single answer Reading Correct/incorrect
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Reading Partial credit
Re-order paragraphs Reading Partial credit
Reading: Fill in the blanks Reading Partial credit
Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks Reading and writing Partial credit
Part 3: Listening Summarize spoken text Listening and writing Partial credit
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Listening Partial credit*
Fill in the blanks Listening and reading Partial credit
Highlight correct summary Listening and reading Correct/incorrect
Multiple-choice, choose single answer Listening Correct/incorrect
Select missing word Listening Correct/incorrect
Highlight incorrect words Listening and writing Partial credit*
Write from dictation Listening and writing Partial credit

Test results for PTE

  • 1. The test results are generally declared within five working days of the date of taking the test.
  • 2. The scores for PTE Academic are valid for a period of two years from the test date once the validity period expires, the PTE score will be taken off the site and cannot be seen any longer.
  • 3. The scores for PTE General are valid forever and do not have any expiry dates.
  • 4. There is no passing mark for PTE academic and universities are allowed to use their own discretion to set scores as a threshold for admission.
  • 5. No minimum PTE is benchmarked for PTE general and countries set their own benchmarks when evaluating candidates for immigration.


Q. When can I retake the PTE test?

A. You can retake the PTE whenever you want and as many times as you want. The only stipulation is that you need to receive the scores of the test you have already given before.

Q. What is the cost of PTE?

A. The cost of giving the PTE in India is approximately 11,000 INR

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