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Pearson Tests of English (PTE)


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The following tests are available from Pearson:

The Pearson Test of English Academic

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There is one multi-level test.

The Pearson Test of English General

(Formerly The London Test of English, these are designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. The tests consist of two parts: a written paper and an interview. There are six levels of the General test. Each level is set at one of the CEFR levels.

PTE Academic

The Pearson Test of English Academic

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment. The speaking part of the exam is done at the computer. Your voice is recorded and sent for marking.

One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly; in about 5 days.

The cost varies by country but is in the range of $150-$210.

PTE Academic is a multi-level test, like IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.

Resources from the Official Guide to PTE Academic are reproduced with permission from Pearson Education Asia Limited

PTE General

The Pearson Test of English General

(Formerly The London Test of English, these are designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. The tests consist of two parts: a written paper and an interview.

There are six levels of the General test:

Writing Interview

A1 Level A1 75 mins 5 mins

A2 Level 1 95 mins 5 mins

B1 Level 2 95 mins 7 mins

B2 Level 3 120 mins 7 mins

C1 Level 4 150 mins 8 mins

C2 Level 5 175 mins 8 mins

The writing paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills.

Recognition

Levels 4 and 5 are recognised for admission to UK universities and by many international companies.

How do the PTE General tests compare to other exams?

Click here to see a comparison table.

Where do I take the test?

At a test center in your country.

When can I take a PTE General test?

May, June, August, November, December.

How much does it cost?

The test fees are set by each center. These tests are reasonably priced. The higher level tests are more expensive than the lower level ones.

Expect to pay £50 for level A1 and £100 for level 5.