The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an English Language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. PTE Academic is accepted by universities in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, amongst others.
It was created by Pearson Language Tests part of the Pearson PLC group and endorsed by GMAC® (Graduate Management Admission Council), owners of GMAT® (Graduate Management Admission Test).
It is a computer-based exam, which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. Throughout the test, students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language encountered at higher education institutions in English speaking countries.
Speaking and Writing – These modules assess all communications skills of a test taker.
- Module includes:
- Reading a Text Aloud
- Repeating a sentence
- Describing an Image
- Re-telling a Lecture
- Answering short questions
- Summarizing a text
- Writing an essay
Reading – This module assesses reading skills of the test taker.
- Reading Comprehension
- Re-ordering Paragraphs
- Filling Blanks in a text
Listening – This module assesses listening of the test taker.
- Summarizing spoken text
- Multiple Choice Questions based on recording
- Fill blanks in a transcript based on recording
- Writing a dictation.
PTE Academic Structure
The test is administered in a single 3 hours test session. The test is divided into 3 timed sections, 1 short un-timed introduction and an optional 10 minute break.