PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria

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Cyril Zachariah
Aug 08, 2022 12:46 PM IST

Being an English proficiency test, there are no academic or professional eligibility criteria for PTE Academic. However, candidates must present valid and authenticated identification documents in order to register for PTE Academic. Any individual, interested in attempting the test can do so without requiring to satisfy any eligibility requirements for PTE Academic.

Apart from the ID requirements needed for registration, interested candidates may need to ensure that they are at least 16 years old when registering for the test. Excluding these requirements, all candidates, irrespective of their nationality, gender, ethnicity or academic background will find themselves eligible for PTE Academic exam this year.

PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria

There are no specific eligibility criteria for PTE Academic as defined by Pearson VUE- the conducting body of the test. However, the test takers or the applicants will be required to provide information like age, grades, and parental consent if the candidate is below 18 years of age. 

A PTE eligibility criterion is different from the eligibility criterion of an educational institution to which you are hoping to seek admission. Only clearing PTE will not fetch you admission there, so carefully read the institution’s admission eligibility criteria separately.

Some of the top institutes that accept PTE scorecards to analyze students' English language skills are Oxford University, Birmingham University, Leeds University, University of New Haven, Manchester University, University of Glasgow, Hertfordshire University, University of Illinois, Chicago, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Aston University, George Mason University, Pearson College London, London School of Business, Mcmaster University etc.

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Detailed PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria

Mentioned below are all the eligibility criteria that one needs to fulfill to be able to take the test:

Academic Qualification

No specific academic qualification required

Age limit

Minimum 16 years. Candidates below 18 must submit a parental consent

Number of Attempts

No limit

Number of Attempts for PTE Academic

According to the norms of Pearson VUE, candidates can take the test as many times as they want. There is no limit to the number of attempts. However, one must wait until they have received their scores from one test before booking another. 

The policy for retaking the PTE Academic is as follows:

  • One can retake the test as soon as the results from the last test are available.

  • One may book a test date five days after the previous attempt.

  • The test will be reattempted as many times as the candidate wishes.

  • One may book only one test at a time.

  • New appointments can be made up to six months in advance.

Age Limit to Appear for PTE Academic

The candidate must be not less than 16 years old and candidates below 18 years of age are required to submit a parental consent form signed by either parents or guardians before taking the test. The consent form is available on the official website of the PTE Academic.

Education Qualification to Appear for PTE Academic

There are no specific educational qualification criteria for candidates who want to take PTE Academic. However, one must have a good command of the English language to attempt the PTE test. The language skills will help the students to score their desired marks for their admission abroad. The students who have attained at least 16 years of age are eligible for this examination.

Identification and Biometric Data Rules for the PTE Academic

Pearson has specified a few identification documents and biometric data requirements for test-takers, as mentioned below:

  • All candidates should provide a valid, non-expired passport to take the PTE Academic test.

  • The name on the passport must match the name used when booking the test. In cases where the names do not match, the candidate will not be allowed to take the test and will also lose their test fee.

  • In case a candidate does not have a passport due to reasons like an ongoing visa application, they can request it back to present on test day.

  • One must show alternative identification documents based on their nationality. 

  • PTE Academic test centers will use CCTV to monitor infringements.

  • The candidate's photograph, scan of their palm vein pattern and a spoken personal introduction will be recorded on the day of the test.

PTE Academic for Candidates with Special Requirements

Those with special needs or requirements are eligible for test accommodations offered by Pearson. The following accommodations are available:

  • Wheelchair access

  • Separate room

  • Adjustable monitor brightness

  • Extra 10-minute break

  • Additional equipment such as a lamp, magnifying glass, etc.

  • Extra time (25%) - in the UK only

To avail of these accommodations, one must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide medical evidence such as a letter or certificate from a licensed medical practitioner, written if the candidate is aged 12 or older.

  • The letter should show that the candidate has a disability having a substantial and long-term adverse effect that requires an extra accommodation. 


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FAQs on PTE Academic Eligibility

Who can take the PTE Home test?

Anyone over 18 years of age can take PTE Home test.

Can I attempt PTE Academic after 12th?

Yes, you can attempt PTE Academic after passing 12th standard since the test does not have any specific eligibility criteria.

Is there any institute specific eligibility criteria for PTE Academic?

Every institute that accepts PTE Academic will have their own minimum marks requirement for the test.

What is the Minimum Educational Qualification needed to appear for PTE Academic?

No minimum educational qualification is required to appear for PTE Academic.

Is there an Age Limit to appear for PTE Academic test?

No, there is no age limit to take PTE Academic. However, those below 18 years of age will have to submit parental consent to take the test.

What if I have forgotten my myPTE account password?

You can simply go to the myPTE sign-in page and click on "forgotten your username or password?. A password reset link will be sent on your registered email address. Click on it and follow the instructions.

Can I register directly with the test centre?

No. You can register for the test online or by phone through our call centers. Contact the customer service team in your region.

What happens if my ID shows a different name to the one I registered with?

You will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee. If you made a mistake while registering, please contact Pearson before your test day.

My given name and family name are the same. What should I enter in the registration form?

Enter your given name in the family name field. Enter a period/full stop (.) in the given name field.

My name is too long to fit the space on the form. What should I enter in the registration form?

Enter as much of your name as you can. Then contact the PTE helpline centres to inform about the difference between the name you have registered with PTE and the name printed on the Identity Card.

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