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The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an internationally recognised examination which offers a standardised assessment of English proficiency for those speaking it as a second language. The PTE is recognised by the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments as well as over 3,000 academic institutions which means that whether candidates need to provide an assessment of their English for work, study or visa purposes the PTE is a viable option. Unlike many English proficiency tests, the PTE is now a computer-based examination, which allows candidates more flexibility and a less intense assessment process. Our Pearson PTE Tutors can help you prepare for this test.


There are different types of PTE depending on what the candidate needs the English language qualification for. The most popular is the PTE Academic which is accepted internationally for both study and immigration. There are also PTE such as the PTE Academic UKVI and PTE Home A1, A2 and B1 which are more specifically focused on enabling candidates to qualify for study, work or settlement in the UK.



PTE Academic

This online computer-based English test assesses candidates in four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. All of these skills are tested during this one complete exam which takes 2 hours to complete. This exam is typically taken at a test centre however the new PTE Academic Online now allows candidates who are unable to get to a test centre to take the test from home.

Test Format


Part 1: Speaking and Writing (expected to take candidates 54-67 minutes to complete) Based on English that might be heard in an academic context.

  • The first part of the test will not contribute to the score but allows candidates to familiarise themselves with the test centre technology, it will take the form of a personal introduction during which candidates read a prompt and response to it. It should be highlighted that each response may only be recorded once.
  • Next candidates are required to read aloud the text which appears on the computer screen.
  • Candidates listen to a recording of a sentence and then repeat it.
  • An image will be displayed on screen which the candidates must describe, this a great chance to demonstrate candidate’s speaking ability so more going into a substantial amount of detail is encouraged.
  • Candidates will listen to a short lecture which they must then re-tell in their own words after the clip has finished.
  • A question is answered which the candidates answer briefly.
  • A text is presented to the candidates who then must write a one-sentence summary of it.
  • The final section requires candidates to write an essay on a topic given to them, this must be 200-300 words and will take candidates 20 minutes to complete.

Part 2: Reading (29-30 minutes) There are just two sections in this section which specifically focuses on assessing reading and comprehension.

  • On the screen a text of up to 300 words is displayed. There are a number of gaps in the text which the candidate must fill using the words presented to them in the box.
  • After reading a text, the candidates are required to answer a multiple choice question in which there are multiple answers, candidates must select all of the possible correct answers.
  • There are several text boxes which have been put in a random order, candidates must put the boxes in the correct order.
  • A shorter version of the first element of this section, candidates are given a text of up to 80 words and must fill in the blanks.
  • Lastly candidates read a text and then answer a multiple-choice question about it and select one correct response.


Part 3: Listening (30-43 minutes). Candidates are shown a number of audio/video clips, each will be played automatically and can only be listened to once. It is a advisable to take notes during the recordings.

  • Candidates must listen to a 60-90 second recording and write a short summary of it.
  • After listening to a 40-90 second recording, candidates have to answer a multiple-choice question which has more than one correct response.
  • A transcript of a recording will be displayed on the screen which has several gaps in it, candidates should listen to the recording and fill in the gaps in the transcript.
  • Candidates are shown a selection of summaries, after listening to a recording they must choose which summary is most appropriate.
  • Candidates listen to a recording and must choose one paragraph from the ones shown which best summarises what they have listened to.
  • From a list of potential words, candidates listen to a recording and choose the most suitable word to complete the sentence.
  • The candidates are given a transcript of a recording, whilst they listen to a recording of the transcript candidates have to highlight any words which differ from what they are listening to.
  • The final element of this section requires the candidates to write from dictation, thus listen to show 3-5 second recordings of a sentence and then type it.


Mayfair Consultants

With a wealth of experience, our native English speaking tutors at Mayfair consultants can help you to prepare for the PTE assessment. We can use our in-depth understanding of the examination and what makes candidates successful to tailor your study plan and one-to-one tutoring sessions.


If you would like to arrange private lessons or have any questions about our tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44(0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.


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