Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a widely accepted English language test accepted by many institutions worldwide and approved for all UK, Australian and New Zealand visa and immigration categories. 

There are two categories of PTE exam: PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI. PTE Academic is the right choice for all students desiring to study abroad. The format of the two exams is very similar. PTE Academic UKVI is approved by the UK Home Office for all UK visas, requiring a four (reading, writing, speaking, listening) skill English language test.


PTE is only conducted online, hence you need to visit a PTE centre to appear for the exam.   You can schedule test sessions up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year. This gives you much more flexibility and you can make a testing booking at a short notice as well. 


The duration of the exam is 3 hours with three main parts that include speaking and writing (together), listening and reading.There are twenty different question formats and you will hear different accents, which will test your English language competency. 

Speaking & WritingThis section includes personal introduction, describing an image, summarising a lecture, writing essays77 – 93 minutes
ReadingThe Reading section consists of reading passages and answering questions based on the passage, re-ordering passages, multiple choice questions etc. 32 – 40 minutes
ListeningListening to texts and filling answers accordingly, multiple choice questions, filling missing words, highlighting the incorrect word and such similar type of questions.45 – 57 minutes


You will receive a score for each of the above sections in the range of 10-90 along with an overall band score. As the exam is only conducted in online mode, the results are usually made available within 48 hours of appearing the test. These scores are valid and acceptable for 2 years.