What is PTE?

PTE stands for Pearson’s Test of English. It is a computer-based English language test used to test English proficiency for non-native speakers. This means that when you are travelling to an English-speaking country either to work or study, you are required to write an English test. PTE is a substitute for IELTS Academic and TOEFL. It focuses on day-to-day English rather than high-level English. It tests a student’s ability to effectively understand the language spoken daily.

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Why Is PTE Important?

PTE is a widely accepted English proficiency test, and it is accepted by educational institutions around the world. It is a substitute for IELTS. It is cheaper than IELTS and because it is computer-based, you can get your result a lot quicker than IELTS usually within 2 working days. PTE is also conducted all year round and the result is valid for 2 years. 

How Does PTE Work?

PTE is a Computer-based test. That lasts for 2 hours The Exam is divided into four sections, The listening, reading, writing, and speaking test. 

Speaking: The speaking section has 4 subsections. 

  1. Read aloud: Here you will be given a passage to read while being recorded.
  2. Repeat sentences: Here some sentences will be displayed for 60 – 90 seconds, after that you will memorize them and say them word for word. 
  3. Describe Image: You will be given 25 seconds to analyze an image and then describe the image. Note you are to speak out the description. 
  4. Retell lecture: Here you will listen to 60 – 90 seconds lectures, then prepare for 10 seconds and speak about the lecture in 40 sections. you will be given an erasable notepad booklet to take notes. 
  5. Answer short questions: Here you will be tasked with answering short questions. This will test your vocabulary.


Writing: The writing section has only two subsections.

  1. Summarize written text: You will be given a complex paragraph of 200 -300 words to read in 10 minutes after which you will be required to summarize it into a single sentence that captures the main idea and any supporting idea from the paragraph.  
  2. Write an Essay: In this subsection, you will be given a topic to write a 200 – 300 word essay about.  


Reading: This section tests your reading ability. It is divided into 4 subsections.

  1. Reading & writing fill-in-the-blank: In this section, you will be given a paragraph with dropdowns at various places where you are expected to select the correct answer from synonyms in the drop-down. This would test your ability to have a precise choice of words. 
  2.  Reading Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer: As the name implies it is a multiple choice question but there is more than one correct answer. But you can pick only one if you wish and also be careful when picking more than one because negative marking is applied here, this means that if you choose two answers, one correct and one wrong, then you will score zero because the wrong answer will cancel the correct answer. 
  3. Reading Reorder Paragraph: Here you are tasked with reordering random sentences in the correct order. 
  4. Reading Fill-In-The-Blank: This section tests your “collocation”. According to the Oxford dictionary collocation is the regular use of some words and phrases with others, especially in a way that is difficult to guess. This tests how you will be able to understand the choice of words of native speakers.   
  5. Reading Multiple Choice, Single Answer: This is your usual multiple choice question with a single answer


Listening: Listening is the last section and probably the most challenging, this is aimed to test your ability to listen and understand the English language as a non-native speaker. this section has 8 subsections.

  1. Summarize spoken lecture: You will listen to 60 – 90 seconds of lectures and then summarize them. You have 10 minutes to summarize each lecture. 
  2.  Listening Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer: This is the same as that in the reading section. The only difference is that here the question will be played for you to listen to. Note negative marking applies here too. 
  3. Listening Fill-In-The-Blank: You will listen to a lecture and answer the subsequent fill-in-the-blank questions that follow. you will be provided with an erasable notepad booklet to take notes.
  4. Listening Highlight Correct Summary: Here a video or audio will be played after which you will answer some long answer questions about what you listened to. 
  5. Listening Select Missing Word: In this section, you will watch/listen to a 30 seconds video/audio but the final word or phrase will be cut off and you will be asked you select the word. 
  6. Listening Multiple choice single answer: This is the same as that in the writing section, you listen to a 90 seconds lecture and answer some multiple choice questions about it. 
  7. Highlight incorrect Word: Here you will be provided with an audio and a transcript. some words are altered in the transcript so, you will be asked to highlight the incorrect words that were altered. Note negative marking is also applied here.
  8. Listening & Writing From Dictation: Here 8 single sentences will be dictated to you to write. Remember to fix your spelling and grammar. 

Choosing The Right Test.

There are two types of PTE Exams. PTE Academics and PTE General.

  • PTE Academic: This PTE is taken by students that want to go to any English-speaking country for studies.  
  • PTE General: This type of PTE is for people that wish to migrate or work in any English-speaking country. 

When you are going to the UK, you are to write the PTE UK visa immigration (PTE UKVI) instead of the standard PTE used for other countries.

Which Country Accepts PTE ?

PTE is accepted by educational institutions around the world. It is internationally recognized and is accepted for admission to thousands of programs. It is also accepted by top Uk and USA universities and government organizations.