What is the format of the PTE-Academic Test? | Aussizz Group

What is PTE?

The Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE-A) is an English language proficiency test, that is used for international education and immigration purposes. The PTE-A test is used to judge an applicant’s skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening the English language, as it is expressed in daily use. Accordingly, there are four modules in the test. Each module has several tasks.

PTE Test Format

The following is the full format of the PTE-A:

Section Question Format Time Total Items
Introduction   1 – 2 minutes  
1: SPEAKING & WRITING
  • Personal Introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarise written text (one sentence)
  • Summarise written text (paragraph)
  • Essay (20mins)
77 – 93 minutes 42-47
2: READING
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks
32 – 41 minutes 15-20
BREAK A ten-minute break is optional. 10 minutes  
3: LISTENING
  • Summarise spoken text
  • Multiple choice
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation
45 – 57 minutes 15-22
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