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A brief guide to the PTE exam

As a non-native speaker of the English language, there are many hurdles you have to cross if you wish to study or work abroad in a primarily English-speaking country. Amongst them, proving your proficiency in the language is one of the most stressful hurdles.

What is PTE?

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is the world's first entirely computer-based English language proficiency test, recognized by more than 3000 universities worldwide. The assessment prides itself in testing ‘international’ English without being restricted to American or British English. Conducted by the Pearson PLC Group, the PTE standardized test is quite popular amongst students and professionals hoping to study, work or settle abroad.

Why choose PTE?

  • PTE is quite popular among students hoping to study abroad and individuals moving to Australia and New Zealand since the government approves the PTE scores for student visas and migration applications.
  • Since the PTE is entirely computer-based, you don't have to deal with human involvement throughout the process. For example, in PTE, you have to use a headset for the Speaking module, while some tests like the IELTS and TOEFL have an approved examiner.
  • The results are mailed to your account within 5 working days after you complete the test.
  • Since the PTE test is held almost every day of the week, there’s no long waiting time for you to secure a date of your convenience.

PTE exam highlights

Examination name: PTE
Full form: Pearson Test of English
Test is conducted by: Pearson PLC Group
Countries that accept PTE: Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, etc.
Examination types: PTE Academic, PTE Academic UKVI, PTE Home
Mode of examination: Online computer-based
Skills tested: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing

PTE registration 2022

The PTE test is conducted round the year. For registration in 2022, check out this simple guide:

1. How can you register for PTE exam?

You can register for the PTE exam online via the official website. For that, you need to:

  1. - Create a myPTE account
  2. - Select the exam type
  3. - Enter your personal details as is on your passport
  4. - Go through the PTE policies
  5. - Schedule your exam by choosing your preferred test location and date
  6. - Click on ‘Proceed to Checkout’
  7. - Complete the payment using

Once the payment is complete, you will receive a confirmation with the examination details on your registered email id.

2. Before the appointment

Before the appointment, you can use the official PTE Practice App to prepare for the test. This app can help you:

  1. - Prepare for what to expect in the actual test
  2. - Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern
  3. - Explore several resources to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

3. Showing up at the appointment

On the day of the test appointment, a Test Centre Administrator will greet you at your designated test center, verify your documents and guide you through the check-in process. Ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes early to avoid the last-minute rush. To verify your details, the administrators will:

  1. - Check your identification documents
  2. - Take a digital photograph
  3. - Secure your digital signature
  4. - Take a scan of your palm

4. Cancellation of appointment

If you cancel your test appointment a week before the designated date, you can receive a 50% refund. However, cancellation within 7 days of the appointment date would result in no refund.

5. Rescheduling the appointment

If you wish to reschedule your appointment 7 days prior to your designated date, you will have to pay only 25% of the examination fees. However, rescheduling within 7 days of the appointment would result in full payment of the examination fees.

PTE exam fee 2022

The PTE exam fees vary from country to country. Here’s a list based on the top locations for PTE:

1. Australia

  1. - PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online - AUD 385
  2. - PTE Academic UKVI – AUD 385
  3. - PTE Home A1/A2/B1 – AUD 325

2. New Zealand

  1. - PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online – NZD 385
  2. - PTE Academic UKVI – NZD 395
  3. - PTE Home A1/A2/B1 – NZD 325

3. India

  1. - PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online – INR 14,700
  2. - PTE Academic UKVI – INR 14,700
  3. - PTE Home A1/A2/B1 – INR 12,400

4. China

  1. - PTE Academic – USD 299
  2. - PTE Academic UKVI – USD 299
  3. - PTE Home A1/A2/B1 – USD 250

5. The Philippines

  1. - PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online – USD 220
  2. - PTE Academic UKVI – USD 220
  3. - PTE Home A1/A2/B1 – USD 185

Mode of payment

You can pay for your PTE exam using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or JCB) or debit card (Visa or MasterCard only). However, ensure that you pay in the currency of the county where you will sit for the exam.

To check the cost of taking the PTE exam in your country, visit the official websitet & check the test centers and fees.

PTE exam dates 2022

The PTE exam takes place around the year. However, the dates vary depending on the various test centers worldwide. So, it's best to check the available dates in your nearest test center.

PTE test centers

There are hundreds of PTE test centers worldwide. The country-wise distribution of test centers is as follows:

  • Australia – 34
  • China – 18
  • India – 35
  • New Zealand – 6
  • Nepal - 3
  • Pakistan – 2
  • Philippines – 2
  • South Africa - 5

You can check the entire list of the available test centers worldwide on the Pearson official website for PTE.

PTE exam pattern 2022

According to the PTE exam pattern in 2022, you have to sit for a single two-hour session where you will be tested on the 4 fundamental English skills – Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

1. PTE exam pattern: PTE speaking and writing

This section tests your speaking and writing abilities via several small tasks. The entire duration of this segment is approximately 54-67 minutes.

Speaking & writing topics Approx. number of questions per task Approx. duration for the task
Personal introduction 1 55 seconds
Read aloud 6-7 30-40 seconds
Repeat sentence 10-12 15 seconds
Describe an image 3-4 25 seconds
Retell a lecture 1-2 140 seconds
Answer short questions 5-6 40 seconds
Summarize a text 1-2 10 minutes
Write an essay 1-2 20 minutes

2. PTE exam pattern: PTE reading

The reading section in the PTE exam tests your ability to comprehend written instructions in English. The entire segment is divided into 5 sub-categories, and the total duration is approximately 29-30 minutes.

Reading Topics Approx. Number of Questions per Task Task Description
Fill in the blanks 5-6 Read text of 300 words
MCQs – multiple answers 1-2 Read text of 300 words
Re-arrange paragraph 2-3 Read text of 150 words
Fill in the blanks – Reading 4-5 Read text of 80 words
MCQs – Single answer 1-2 Read text of 300 words

3. PTE exam pattern: PTE listening

The listening section is divided into 8 segments with an approximate duration of 30-43 minutes. Here, you are tested on your ability to comprehend spoken English and retention of information.

Listening Topics Approx. Number of Questions per Task Approx. Duration for the Task
Summarize a spoken text 1-2 11 minutes
MCQs – Multiple answers 1-2 40-90 seconds
Fill in the blanks 2-3 30-60 seconds
Highlight the correct summary 1-2 30-90 seconds
MCQs – Single answer 1-2 30-60 seconds
Choose the missing word 1-2 20-70 seconds
Find the incorrect word 2-3 15-50 seconds
Write from dictation 3-4 3-5 seconds

PTE score 2022

Once you complete your PTE Academic test, you will typically receive your scores within 2-5 days. In your score report, you find:

  • An overall score within the range of 10-90
  • Individual section scores for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

What is a good PTE score?

Your PTD score ranges from 10 to 90. Usually, every institution has a minimum specific PTE score criteria for admission. However, based on the average requirements, a good PTE score can be:

  • 36-50 for Foundation courses
  • 51-60 for Undergraduate degree programs
  • 57-67 for Postgraduate degree programs

PTE score: Communicative skills

The category of Communicative Skills includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the score range is 10-90 points.

PTE score: Enabling skills

The enabling skills test your vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation, writing abilities, oral fluency, and pronunciation. The skill ranges from 10-90 for this section.

PTE band score

The PTE band score ranges from 10 to 90, and your proficiency level depends on your score.

PTE score band range Proficiency level
86-90 Expert
83-85 Very Good
74-84 Very Good
73-77 Good
64-72 Good
58-63 Competent
50-57 Competent
42-49 Modest
35-41 Modest
30-34 Limited
0-30 Extremely Limited

How is the PTE score calculated?

You have to add each enabling score and divide the obtained score by 6 (number of items in your enabling skills).

Add the obtained average score in your enabling skills with the individual communicative skills score (PTE Speaking, PTE Listening, PTE Writing, and PTE Reading)

Add the scores of the five components and divide the result by 5 to obtain the average. This is your overall PTE score.

How to send PTE scores?

Since universities do not accept paper or PDF versions of the PTE score, you must send your score card using the PTE secure online portal.

PTE score report

You can send your PTE score report to multiple universities for free. First, however, you must follow these steps:

  1. - Log in to your myPTE account
  2. - Click on “View Score Reports”
  3. - Click on “Send Scores”
  4. - Select the name of your institution
  5. - Select your chosen course of study
  6. - Review the details and click on “Next”
  7. - Repeat the process if you have to send your scores to multiple universities

PTE result 2022

You can access your PTE result from your registered account on the official PTE website. For this, follow these steps:

  1. - Visit the official PTE website
  2. - Log in to your myPTE account
  3. - Click on Activity and find your PTE result

PTE preparation tips 2022

  • Familiarize yourself with the question pattern
  • Solve several practice tests
  • Keep track of new vocabulary
  • Do not ignore other topics to prioritize one
  • Make the most of reliable study materials
  • Understand the question types
  • Keep tabs on common errors

PTE official guide by pearson

The Official Guide to the PTE Academic by Pearson will familiarize you with the different task types. The guide also guides you in managing the computer-based examination and provides helpful preparation strategies.

PTE preparation books

  1. - The Official Guide to PTE Academic
  2. - Wiley’s PTE Advantage For The Academic Module (WIND)
  3. - PTE Academic Practice Test Plus – Volume 1 and 2
  4. - Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2
  5. - PTE Academic Official Vocabulary 2020-2021

PTE academic official app

The Official Practice App for PTE is the top choice for students seeking to incorporate daily practice for the exam into their schedules. The app provides:

  • Detailed information on the test format
  • Interactive practice questions
  • Study planner and a progress tracker
  • Useful ‘how-to’ guides

You can download the app from the Google Playstore and the iOS app store.

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Frequently asked questions

To book a PTE test, you need to create your myPTE account. Once you log in, you can check the available test dates and centers near you and make an appointment.

You can check the ID policy to find the list of accepted identification proof you can bring to the examination center. However, a passport is usually the most preferred in all countries.

The accepted modes of payment for the PTE exam are credit card (Visa, American Express, JCB or MasterCard) and debit card (Visa or MasterCard).

In case of any emergency, you can reschedule or cancel your PTE exam date from your myPTE account. Just log in to the account and follow the instructions to reschedule or cancel your exam under the booking information tab.

Your PTE score is valid for two years from your PTE result publication date. However, your PTE Academic score for immigration is valid for three years.

The PTE Academic at Home version is available for students who wish to take the exam from the comfort of their homes. However, you must check beforehand whether your preferred institution accepts these scores.

The PTE examination takes place throughout the year. However, since the date varies from test center to test center, you can check the official website for available dates at your nearest center.

You can appear for the PTE Academic as many times as you want. However, it is best to wait a week before trying again.

PTE Academic Score Report is valid up to a period of two years from the examination date and the day on which the results are declared for study purposes. But the department of immigration in Australia accepts the 3 years old PTE score.

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