Test information

Overview

Format
  • Computer-based test measuring all 4 language areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing
  • 20 integrated and often innovative question types
Content
  • Authentic academic test content
Duration
  • A maximum of 3 hours (plus an optional 10-minute break)
  • 1 test session
Results
  • Typically available within 5 business days
Test Centres
Fee
  • Depending on where the test is taken (Now USD240 for test takers in Hong Kong)
    [The actual test fee will be based upon the final charge on the Pearson VUE website]
PTE Academic score concordance with IELTS and TOEFL iBT

PTE Academic score concordance with IELTS and TOEFL iBT

Suitability

PTE Academic is for non-native speakers of English who need to demonstrate their English language proficiency for studying overseas. Test takers of PTE Academic must be at least 16 years old.

Why choose PTE Academic?

It helps you enter your favorite institute by being more reliable, more test-taker friendly, more efficient and many more...

Comparison PTE Academic Another test A Another test B
Test delivery and test environment

Computer based

More stable connection

Paper based Internet based

High-security test centers with advanced identity verification PalmSecure™ biometric technology

More secure

Classroom style Test centers with many people in the same room
Test structure 1 test 2 tests; A separate oral test 1 test
Test time 3 hours 2 hours 54 minutes (Paper based test: 2 hours and 40 minutes + Oral test: 14 minutes) 4 hours 30 minutes
Scoring

Automated scoring

More reliable

Human scoring Human and automated scoring
Score report

Typically available within 5 business days

More efficient

Available: 10 days Available: 15 days
Select institutions for the submission of test result

After seeing the test result

More considerate

While registering for the test While registering for the test
No. of the score reports included in the registration fee

Unlimited

More test-taker friendly

Up to 5 institutes
(additional charge for additional reports)
Up to 4 institutes 
(additional charge for additional reports)