PTE Academic-2018 Overview

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 20 Aug, 2018 16:57 IST

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About PTE Academic

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is a computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. PTE Academic is a fast, flexible, fair and secure English test, which is trusted by universities, colleges, and governments around the globe. The test is conducted in over 250 test centers around the world over 360 days of the year. PTE Academic basically assesses a candidate on the basis of his/her listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The results of PTE Academic are typically available within five business days.

Step by Step Process

Step 1 – Register

In order to appear for PTE Academic, you will first have to create your Pearson account online. After creating the account, you will receive an email within 48 hours with your login details.

Step 2 - Schedule Your Test

Once you have created your Pearson account, you can sign in and schedule your test.

Step 3 – Prepare

Even if English is your first language, you must prepare for PTE Academic. In some cases, people who have been extremely fluent in English end up scoring less on the exam day because of lack of preparation. You must complete the preparation path to maximise your chances of scoring high on the day.

Step 4 – Take the Test

At the test centre, you will be required to show your ID, check in with the Test Administrator, and sit for your test in a secure computer room.

When you will reach the venue, the Test Centre Administrators will guide you through the check-in process to make sure you understand and are comfortable with our rules and procedures.

They will ensure you are ready to take the test by requesting copies of your ID, asking for a digital photograph and signature, scan your palm, and assign you a locker to check-in your belongings.

Step 5 – View Scores

You will be able to access PTE Academic scores via an online account. You will receive an email informing you that your scores are available. After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that you created to book your test.

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How to Register for PTE Academic

Go to read all the information on the page. In order to book your PTE Academic test, you will need to follow the step given below:

  • Click ‘Sign in Now’ & enter your details. Once you have successfully logged in, click ‘PTE-A: Pearson Test of English Academic’ under Exam Catalogue.
  • Select ‘Schedule Exams’ on the right-hand side.
  • Provide answers to all the required questions then click ‘Next’.
  • Select your desired location and click ‘Next’. Search for available ...

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PTE Academic Exam Pattern

As part of PTE Academic test, you will have to visit a secure Pearson test centre, where you will be provided a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

During the three-hour examination, candidates will be evaluated based on three parts of the test, including speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There will be twenty different question formats, which will include multiple choice as well as essay writing and interpreting information.

During the test, you will ...

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How to Prepare for PTE Academic

Understand Your Current English Proficiency Level 

You can take Pearson's Practice Tests to determine your strong and weak areas (which may include grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse) and to analyse your communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). You may then work on the required areas to improve your English language ability.

Since your overall score is based on your performance on all test questions, focus on the weaker areas and plan how long you’ll need to study ...

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PTE Academic Result

The results of PTE Academic is usually announced within five working days of the test date. Once you are through with the test, you will receive an email from us regarding your Score Report. The report will have details on how you can access your score.

The Score Report will be available in a PDF format and it will only be accepted by an institution if your report is sent through Pearson's secure online website. 

Sections of the Score Report:

  • The first ...

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PTE Academic Conducting Body

Pearson VUE is popular for delivering millions of tests for over 450 clients from a broad range of industries and sectors including health care, government, information technology, financial services, military, and academia. Every year, millions of people across the globe take these tests. Those who are seeking professional growth or preparing for a post-graduate programme as well those who are pursuing immigration take these tests, which are carried out in the most secure testing environments.


1. How many times can I take the test?

You are allowed to take PTE Academic as many times as you want. The only condition is that you must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.

2. Do I have to take PTE Academic in my home country?

No. You can take it at any of our test centres around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use. Refer to the Acceptable ID policy. If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport ...

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