PTE Academic Exam Pattern 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 23 Jul, 2019 17:01 IST

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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 hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will also be listening to a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

Section-Wise Test Format

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77-93 minutes)

Part 2: Reading (32-41 minutes)

Part 3: Listening (45-57 minutes)

Personal introduction

Fill in the blanks

Summarize spoken text

Read aloud

Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions

Repeat sentence

Re-order paragraphs

Fill in the blanks

Describe image

Fill in the blanks

Highlight the correct summary

Re-tell lecture

Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions

Answer short question


Select missing word

Summarize written text


Highlight incorrect words

Essay (20 mins)


Write from dictation

What to Expect in PTE Academic Test?

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

In order to assess you based on your speaking skills, the test conducting authority will take into account your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment. On the other hand, the writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.

Part 2: Reading 

This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.

Part 3: Part 3: Listening 

Questions in this section will be based on audio or video clips that begin to play automatically. You will get to hear each audio or video clip only once so you must listen carefully. You can take notes while listening to the audio or watching the video. For each question, you will be allowed to adjust the volume. 

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