PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria 2021

Updated by: Subhashri Roy on Oct. 13, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

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PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria

There is no specific eligibility criteria for PTE Academic 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, 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 in 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 analyse student's English language skills are Oxford UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Chicago, Arizona State University, Colorado State UniversityAston UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityPearson College LondonLondon School of BusinessMcmaster University etc.

COVID-19 Update

Pearson VUE has reduced the availability of testing for Indian candidates and also restricted the number of test-takers in each session in order to comply with official requirements and in the interests of protecting test takers and test centre administrators. Anyone can register and take the test at the designated PTE centres and follow the guidelines defined by the authorities. 

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Detailed PTE Academic Eligibility Criteria

Mentioned below are all the eligibility criteria that one needs to fulfil 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. 

Identification and Biometric Data Rules for the PTE Academic

Pearson has specified a few identification document 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 may be able to show alternative identification documents based on their nationality. 

  • PTE Academic test centres 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 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. 

FAQs on PTE Eligibility Criteria

1. 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 them about the difference between the name you have registered with PTE and the name printed on the Identity Card.

2. 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.

3. 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. 

4. Can I register directly with the test centre?

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

5. 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 to your registered email address. Click on it and follow the instructions.

6. 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.

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

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

8. Is there any institute specific eligibility criteria for PTE Academic?    

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

9. 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.

10. Who can take the PTE Home test?    

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

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