The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a language proficiency test for non-native English speakers who need to demonstrate their language skills for academic, professional, or immigration purposes. The four language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—are assessed in a computer-based test. The exam can be taken at a number of authorized test centers worldwide, including in many countries.

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Format of the PTE Test

Speaking and Writing

In the speaking and writing section, students will be asked to perform tasks such as speaking into a microphone, writing an essay, summarizing information, and more. The exercises are intended to test the test-taker’s ability to communicate in English in a variety of real-life situations.


In the reading section, examinees will be asked to read and respond to a variety of texts, including single words, sentences, short texts, and passages. The exercises examine the exam taker’s ability to understand written English, including vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension.


In the listening section, test takers will listen to a variety of audio clips and answer questions based on what they have heard. The tests measure a person’s capacity to comprehend spoken English, including pronunciation, accent, and flow.

What does the score mean?

In the PTE, a candidate’s English proficiency is evaluated numerically, with a higher score indicating a better understanding of the language. The score range is briefly summarized as follows:

Score RangeScore Meaning
90-100Expert User
80-89Very Good User
70-79Good User
60-69Modest User
50-59Limited User
10-49Low User

PTE Success Strategies: Tips for Achieving Your Goals

Here are some tips for success in the PTE tests:

  • Learn the test’s format and the types of questions you can expect to see.
  • Regularly work on your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in English.
  • Use official PTE preparation tools, including practice tests and question types, to gain an understanding of what to expect on test day.
  • In order to ensure that you can finish all of the tasks within the time allotted for the PTE test, practice working within time limits.
  • Keep your speaking and writing clear, accurate, and understandable. Avoid making grammatical and vocabulary mistakes and try to use a wide variety of words.
  • Get feedback on your progress regularly to identify areas for improvement and track your progress towards your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

The test dates are available all months in a year. If you want to see available update dates then you can follow this link Book PTE

You must first create an account on Pearson PTE's official website,, in order to register for the PTE exam. You must carefully fill out all of your personal information based on your passport after successfully creating an account. The next step is to choose the test dates and locations that work best for you. If you have a dollar card, you can pay for tests yourself or through a bank. A confirmation email will be sent to you after the payment has been made.

The duration of the PTE test is 180 minutes. Expect to give PTE in the following order:

  • Speaking (30 to 35 minutes)
  • Writing (40 minutes, or 50 minutes, or 60 minutes)
  • Reading (32 to 41 minutes)
  • Listening (45 to 57 minutes)

PTE Academic test score is valid for 2 years for studying (student visa) and 3 years for migration visa.

PTE exam results will be available five days after the test date. When the results are ready, the candidate will be notified through their Pearson web account.