Pearson Test Of English (PTE) : An Easy and Simple Guide in 2022

Pearson Test of English was launched by Pearson Language Test.


Pearson Language Test is a component of Pearson PLC Group, focuses on assessing and validating the English language of the non-English speaking person. This test includes the PTE Academic, PTE General (formerly known as London Tests of English), and PTE Young Learners.


Pearson Language Test launched the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)  in 2009.


PTE Academic test is an online English language competency test taken by students who are willing to go abroad for studies and immigration. Pearson PLC Group is the conducting body of this exam and a multi-level grading system is used for this test.


Most of the countries like the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand accept the  PTE score for admission in university immigration.


Pearson Test of English Exam: Need and Advantages 

The PTE Exam is needed for admission to universities, colleges, and also for career and immigration purposes. This exam is important as the foreign universities and visa granting authorities want to get sure that one does not face communication problems while staying in the country.


The exam is not mandatory as many universities might not even accept the PTE score for admission. But your chance of getting a student visa may decrease as the visa officer may not be convinced about your English proficiency without the IELTS score. Therefore, it is always advisable to take the PTE exam.



Types of Pearson Test of English

There are two types of Pearson Test of English and the third one is for young learners.

1. PTE Academic Test 

PTE Academic test is an online English language competency test taken by students who are willing to go abroad for studies and immigration. The test consists of the Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills of the candidates. The PTE exam is accepted by thousands of educational institutions across the world. This is also accepted by Australia and New Zealand for visa purposes. The result is valid for 2 years from the day one receives the result.

2. PTE General Exam

This is conducted thrice a year in the month of May, June, and December. It consists of two papers – written papers and spoken test. The test is used to test the communication skills of the candidate and the score is valid for life.

3. PTE Young Learners 

Pearson Test Of English (formerly known as LTEfC) is an English language test for young children (aged between 7-12 ) who are learning English as a foreign language (EFL). It has four sections- reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Highlights of the PTE Exam 

Exam Name PTE
PTE Full Form Pearson Test of English
Conducting Body Pearson PLC Group
Accepted by Popularly by Australia, New Zealand and UK
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Fees Registration fees is Rs. 13,300
Skill Tested Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading
Official Website


Eligibility of PTE Exam 

Anyone can appear for this exam irrespective of age, race, gender, nationality, and religion. However, it is not recommended below the age of 16 years.

Age Educational Qualification Attempts
Minimum age should be 16 years along with a valid passport.

Candidates below 18 years of age need parental consent for writing the exam

There is no minimum educational qualification need, anyone who wants to pursue higher studies abroad or want to work abroad can write the exam There is no set limit for the number of attempts. They can take the exam with a gap of 5 days


Registration of Pearson Test Of English 

PTE  test is available up to 4 times a month depending upon the demand. There is no set limit for the number of attempts.  However, it is advised to not appear for the exam no closer than once in a period of 2 months.


The Registration fee for the exam is Rs. 14,000, every time you appear for the exam you need to register with this amount of money.  Registration can be done in both the mode, is online and offline ( In-person)


Online PTE Exam Registration 

Steps to Register for the Exam 

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of PTE Academic Website. Create an account or log in with the already existing account.
  • Step 2: Select preferred test, like the Test Type and fill in personal details
  • Step 3: Select the preferred test center.
  • Step 4: Select the preferred test date.
  • Step 5: Pay the registration fees.
  • Step 6: Take the print of the acknowledgment receipt.

pte exam pattern


Pearson Test of English Exam Pattern 

1. PTE Academic Exam

The Pearson Test of English Academic comprises 3 sections

  • 1) Speaking & Writing
  • 2) Reading
  • 3) Listening
Section Description Duration
Speaking & Writing Personal Introduction

Read Aloud

Repeat Sentence

Describe Image

Re-tell lecture

Answer short question

Summarize written text


77-93 minutes
Reading Reading & Writing. Fill in the blanks

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

Re-order paragraphs

Reading: Fill in the blanks

Multiple-choice, choose single answer

10 minutes break -Optional

32-41 minutes
Listening Summarize spoken text

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

Fill the blanks

Highlight the correct summary

Multiple-choice, choose single answer

Select missing words

Highlight incorrect words

Write from dictation

45-57 minutes

2. PTE General Exam Pattern

This exam is named “The London Test of English” previously. This exam has 6 levels and each level stands according to the Common European Framework and Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) levels.


This exam has 2 parts – The written part and the Interview.

Level Stage Writing Time Duration Interview Time Duration
A1 Level A1 75 minutes 5 minutes
A2 Level 1 95 minutes 5 minutes
B1 Level 2 95 minutes 7 minutes
B2 Level 3 120 minutes 7 minutes
C1 Level 4 150 minutes 8 minutes
C2 Level 5 175 minutes 8 minutes


3. PTE Young Learner Test

This exam was formerly known as LTEfC. It has four levels:

Level Description Duration
Level  1 Firstwords 1 hour
Level  2 Springboard 1 hour
Level  3 Quickmarch 1 hour
Level  4 Breakthrough 1 hour 15 minutes


PTE Validity period

The validity of the PTE  score is for 2 years.


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