Introduction to Pearson
What is the PTE Academic English Test?
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 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, hundreds 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.
PTE is accepted by the UK, Australian and New Zealand governments for visa applications and is accepted by over 3,000 universities and colleges for enrolment purposes.
What makes PTE different?
- The test is a fully computer-based exam, including the speaking section
- The test is only two hours in duration
- PTE uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to mark all tests. AI provides;
- The most accurate and unbiased scoring
- The fastest results, on average provided within 2 days
- ‘International’ English is tested, not just British or American
- Convenient, friendly test centres in over 350 locations around the world
- Online practice materials are available for maximum confidence on test day
Guide to PTE Scoring
When you complete your PTE 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 test has 20 question types. Each one is graded differently. Multiple choice answers are scored as either right or wrong, while scores for more complex question types like essay writing are based on many criteria.
Each institution chooses how to set its 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