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Introduction to Pearson

What is the PTE Academic English Test?

The Pearson PTE Academic English Test is the first entirely computer-based English language test for international study.

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PTE is one of the world’s leading providers of secure English language tests and each year, tens of thousands of people trust PTE to help them prove their English proficiency for study, work, or migration – and to open doors to new careers, experiences, and possibilities.

What makes PTE different?

  • Machine scoring = accurate, fast, objective scores
  • The first completely computer-based English test
  • ‘International’ English is tested, not just British or American
  • Practice tests for maximum confidence on test day
  • Convenient, friendly test centers
  • Send your scores as often as you like – for free

Guide to PTE Scoring

When you complete your PTE Academic test, you receive a Score Report and a Skills Profile to help you understand your test score, your language skill level, and where you can improve.

Each PTE Academic test has 20 question types. Each one is graded differently. Multiple choice answers are scored as either right or wrong, while scored for more complex question types like essay writing are based on many criteria.

Each institution chooses how to set their scores. Typically, you will need to achieve the following minimum scores:

  • Foundation courses: minimum score of between 36–50
  • Undergraduate degrees: minimum score of between 51–60
  • Postgraduate degrees: minimum score between of 57–67

PTE Practice Test

The best way to find out how you might score on test day is to try a Scored Practice Test.

With the same type of content as the real test, and taken over three hours, a Scored Practice test will help you to predict your potential overall score. It will also help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, which you can use to shape your study plan.

Why choose PTE?

The Pearson Test of English is:

Faster - Typically receive results in two business days

Fairer - Unbiased AI-based assessment for accurate results

Simpler - Only a single sitting of 2 hours for all four English language skills

Accepted Worldwide - Trusted by 3,000+ universities and colleges, accepted for visa applications to the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & the USA

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