With the goal of supporting institutions to ensure evidence-based admission, Pearson has released the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) test. The test is intended to replace English proficiency tests that have been offered by different institutions across the globe and is exclusive for non-native speakers of English to test their English language competence.

The PTE test is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and a number of governments for study purposes. The Speaking test is designed to assess your ability to communicate in English in an academic setting on both formal and casual topics. Multiple-choice objective type questions are presented in the five sections of the Speaking test, where candidates must respond within a 3-minute time limit. The Writing test is designed to assess your ability to write and understand your reasoning when answering questions on a given topic. You are required to write an essay that expresses your opinion thoroughly, provides relevant examples, and supports with convincing reasons.


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


77 – 93 minutes


• Fill in the blanks
• Multiple choice questions
• Re-order paragraphs
• Fill in the blanks
• Multiple choice questions


32 – 41 minutes


• Summarize spoken text
• Multiple choice questions
• Fill the blanks
• Highlight the correct summary
• Multiple choice questions
• Select missing word
• Highlight incorrect words
• Write from dictation


45 – 57 minutes

  1. Test duration is 3 hours
  2. Computer and headset will be used to listen, read and respond to questions
  3. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices to essay writing and interpreting information
  4. Students will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers