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PTE





Test Format



Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)

Personal introduction



  • Read aloud

    Repeat sentence

    Describe image

    Re-tell lecture

    Answer short question

    Summarize written text

    Essay (20 minutes)


Part-1 Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 Minutes)


In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes.To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.


Part 2: Reading (32 – 41 minutes)


  • Multiple choice, choose single answer

  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Reading: Fill in the blanks

  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.


Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 minutes)


  • Summarize spoken text


  • Fill in the blanks

  • Highlight correct summary

  • Multiple choice, choose single answer

  • Select missing word

  • Highlight incorrect words

  • Write from dictation

Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.

For each question you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.