Updated by: Sristy Sharma on Dec. 28, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is one of the most popular computer-based English language tests for students who want to study abroad. PTE Academic is trusted by colleges, universities and governments across the globe. The test is conducted in over 295 test centres in more than 50 countries over 360 days of every year.
The score of the test is accepted by universities and colleges in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Germany. It is also approved for all Australian and New Zealand visa and migration applications. PTE Academic is known to be the fastest computer-based English test that 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.
Pearson Shortens PTE Academic Test, Launches Online Version
Starting November 16, 2021, the duration of PTE Academic will be two hours instead of three hours and candidates will now be able to take the test from the comfort of their home. The test's overall format, scoring scale and question types remain unchanged.
The online test will still be accepted by over 3,000 academic institutions worldwide, organisations, professional bodies and various governments. However, it is not currently valid for visa or immigration purposes to the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Read more here.
PTE Academic Accepted for Non-SDS Stream in Canada
The PTE Academic test scores, along with TOEFL iBT and IELTS Academic are the only English language tests accepted for the non-SDS stream or regular study permit application stream, reminded the High Commission of Canada in India.
The PTE Academic test, recognised by IRCC, is a Secure English Language Test (SELT), which can be used for regualr study permit application stream in Canada. The non-Study Direct Dtream (SDS) is used by international students who are not eligible for the expedited Student Direct Stream.
|Exam Name||Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic|
|Accepted by||Universities and Colleges in Australia, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Germany|
|Duration||2 hours (from Nov 16, 2021)|
|Conducted by||Pearson VUE|
|Mode of Exam||Computer-based test|
|PTE Academic Fee||INR 13,700 (INR 11610 + 18% GST)|
|Mode of Exam||Online at Home and at Test Centre|
|Format of PTE Academic||Speaking and Writing|
|Colleges Accepting PTE Score||University of Illinois, Chicago, Auburn University, Adelphi University, American University, Colorado State University, George Mason University, Pace University, Aston University, Boston College, Pearson College London, Oxford University, London School of Business, Mcmaster University, Dalhousie University, Georgian College, Centennial University|
Listed below are some of the advantages of taking PTE Academic:
PTE Academic is accepted worldwide and the tests are graded by an algorithm and not humans.
You are graded only on what you say and not against thousands of past responses.
The test offers flexibility, unlike other study-abroad English tests.
The test gives you the freedom to send your scores to an unlimited number of organizations without any additional fee.
PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of programs across the world and is approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications.
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.
Is PTE Academic free?
No, PTE Academic is not free. In India, the test costs INR 13,700.
Is PTE Academic easier than IELTS?
None of the two tests is easier than the other. The difficulty levels of both IELTS and PTE Academic are usually considered the same
Is PTE Academic easier than TOEFL?
Compared to the TOEFL, PTE Academic is considered easier since it is unbiased. However, it completely depends on the candidate.
What does PTE Academic evaluate?
PTE Academic tests the English language proficiency of candidates. It is known to be the fastest computer-based English test that assesses a candidate on the basis of their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
Will I be penalized in speaking tasks for not having an accent from a native English speaking country?
No. PTE Academic has been designed to recognize speech from non-native speakers of English representing over 100 different native languages.
Do I need computer skills to take the test?
While you do not need any special computer skills, you should know some basics about operating the computer. To familiarise yourself with the online test pattern, you may review the test preparation resources. You also take one of Pearson VUE's Scored Practice Tests to get used to the timing and moving through each type of question.
On the day of the exam, can I leave early if I finish the test?
Yes. You can raise your hand and ask the test administrator to give you permission to leave.
On the exam day, what happens if I have to leave for an emergency?
If there is any unavoidable situation, you can raise your hand and explain your situation to the invigilator. He/she will advise you further.
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 at the test centre.
How many times can I take the PTE Academic test?
You are allowed to take the PTE Academic test 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.