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PTE Academic


PTE Academic is a English language test which can be used to enter a university and apply for permanent residency. PTE General cannot be used for immigration purposes. Our test trainers will prepare you to take each part of the test and maximise your score. The PTE Academic test is conducted entirely on computer. As a result, there are many aspects of this test that require specific skills and strategies.

The course runs on the weekends and consists of 12 hours in five 3 hour blocks.

  • Block 1: Speaking sections and Pronunciation and Intonation
  • Block 2: Reading sections and Vocabulary
  • Block 3: Listening sections and Vocabulary
  • Block 4: Writing and Grammar

When deciding whether to take this test instead of IELTS there are a few things to consider. The test’s major advantages are:

  • It is completely digital – so there are no examiners
  • The results come a lot quicker
  • You can take the test on almost any day of the year
  • The writing section is less intensive

The major disadvantage is:

  • It is completely digital – so there are no examiners

For the speaking and writing sections you will be marked by a computer. There are clearly advantages and disadvantages to this aspect of the test – so test takers need to adopt certain strategies to help them maximise their score.

To prepare for the test it is recommended that you get the official course book. This has been produced by the test developers and should be your reference and guide. We also recommend that you read our guides and tips for each section. There are also in person PTE preparation courses available.

The entire test is done completely in front of a computer, and lasts for approximately three hours. There is an un-timed and un-assessed self introduction for test takers to calm their nerves and check that the equipment is working. You can take a 10 minute break during the test.

Underneath are each of the sections of the test across all four of the sub-skills Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening are all covered. To fully prepare for all parts of the test it is recommended that you take a 5 week course.

Speaking (30-35 minutes)

  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat Sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question

Writing (50 – 60 minutes)

  • Summarise written text
  • Summarise written text or write essay
  • Write essay

Reading (32 – 41 minutes)

  • Multiple-choice, single answer
  • Multiple-choice, multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks

Listening: (43 – 58 minutes)

  • Summarise spoken text (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Multiple-choice, multiple answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice, single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

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