top of page

PTE Test Format

It is always important to familiarize yourself with the test format including how this test works, marking criteria and time management skills.


PTE has a three-hour test session and there are three main parts to the test: Speaking and Writing (together), Reading and Listening. There is also an optional 10-minute break between the reading and listening parts. During the test, you will find twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic English, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear 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.

PTE Speaking & Writing

PTE Listening

PTE Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction (Not Marked)

  • Read Aloud

  • Repeat Sentence

  • Describe Image

  • Re-tell Lecture

  • Answer Short Question

  • Summarize Written Text (10 minutes)

  • Essay (20 mins)

PTE Reading

PTE Reading (32 – 40 minutes)

  • Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple Choice, choose multiple answers

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Reading: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple choice, choose a single answer

PTE Listening (45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize Spoken Text (10 minutes)

  • Multiple choice, choose Multiple Answers

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Highlight Correct Summary

  • Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

  • Select Missing Word

  • Highlight Incorrect Words

  • Write from Dictation

PTE Mock Test

We offer unlimited practice Mock tests to our students. Time management is really important in PTE. The only way to excel in this is by doing as many Mock Tests as you can. 

We also offer students to sit for the Original Pearson Mock Test (scored). This provides students with an overview of the real PTE test and the student can see what score they can actually score in their real PTE exam.

bottom of page