PTE(Pearson Tests of English)


PTE Academic measures your English ability by testing your level of English through tasks which reflect real-life settings.

Test timings

PTE Academic is 3 hours long and is split into timed parts. When the time is up on the section, the test will move on automatically.

There are 20 different types of task.  Some tasks will test integrated skills (e.g. reading AND speaking).

Introduction: untimed

We ask you to introduce yourself. This section is not assessed.

Speaking and writing: 77 – 93 minutes

Reading: 32 – 41 minutes

Break: 10 minutes
the break is optional.

Listening: 45 – 57 minutes

When you take PTE Academic, we will provide your test scores typically within five working days. You will be able to view your English test scores online – we will send an email when your score is available.

What your English language test score means

your overall score is a mark out of 90. It gives a good indication of your English language ability in real-life academic situations:

Our experience suggests that most universities

Undergraduate studies require a minimum score between 51 and 61

Postgraduate studies require a minimum score between 57 and 67

MBA studies require a minimum score between 59 and 69

The timings shown are variable. The test will always last 3 hours in total