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Your complete PTE study guide to headstart your success

You must have heard about the PTE exam and the hype around it for migrating to foreign countries for further studies or working abroad. But what is it actually? And how is it assessed? Can someone, who is not so fluent in English qualify it?

Don’t worry, we have sorted all your answers below.

What is this test about?

The pearson test of english is an english proficiency test aimed at the assessment of a candidate’s promptitude of non-anglophones to partake in a university-level English language instruction program. Accepted by embassies and employers worldwide, this computer-based test allows study abroad aspirants to get enrolled in their dream colleges, such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and Yale University. A good score in your PTE exam is one such thing that will make you stand out from the rest.

Who is this for?

There are two types of Pearson Test of English, academic and general. The PTE Academic test is basically for those candidates who wish to pursue their further studies in foreign English-speaking nations. It is accepted by various state colleges, universities, educational institutions, and governments all across the globe.

On the other hand, the latter is advised to those who plan on migrating to an English-speaking nation. Unlike the PTE academic exam that has a validity of 2 years, the PTE general certificates do not have an expiration date.

PTE academic UKVI is a Secure English Language Test (SELT), approved by the UK home office requisite for tier 4 and tier 2 visas in the United Kingdom. However, in terms of the course content and test format, there are no variations. The difference lies in the registration process where for UKVI there are a few additional requirements. This is a required exam that needs to be taken by students who wish to pursue their higher studies abroad as this is a universal exam and the universities worldwide accept PTE, especially in Australia and New Zealand.

The PTE score chart can be submitted to any number of universities and colleges without any additional charges. More so, you can fast track your pte scorecard within 2-5 days.

PTE test modules

The PTE test format include 4 modules based on which the speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills of a candidate are assessed. The types of questions that one may see in the PTE online exam are mentioned below:


1. PTE Read aloud
2. Repeat sentence
3. PTE Describe image
4. Re-tell lecture
5. Answer short question


1. Fill in the blanks dropdown
2. Fill in the blanks drag & down
3. Re-order paragraphs
4. Multiple choice question
5. Multiple choice questions (more than 1 answer)


1. Summarize writing text
2. Essay writing


1. Summarise spoken text
2. Multiple choice question
3. Multiple-choice questions (more than 1 answer)
4. Highlight correct summary
5. Select missing word
6. Fill in the blanks
7. Highlight incorrect words
8. Write from dictations

New PTE exam format

After the 16th of November, 2021, the format of the PTE exam will change, keeping in mind the benefit of students sighting to appear for the exam.

Changes in Time Limit

Old Test Time
New Test Time
Personal Introduction
1 Minute
1 Minute
Speaking And Writing
77-93 Minutes
54-67 Minutes
32-41 Minutes
29-30 Minutes
Optional Break
10 Minutes
No Break
45-57 Minutes
30-43 Minutes

Changes in Number of Questions

Question Type
Previous Number 
New Number
Reading And Writing Blanks
MCQ Multiple Answers
Reorder Paragraphs
Reading Blanks
MCQ Single Answers
Total Questions

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