PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.
To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test centre. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.
During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.
PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.(1)
Chart and information taken from Pearson’s official website pearsonpte.com
*This test can be taken here at AILC
PTE Academic is 3 hours long and is split into timed parts.
There are 20 different types of task. Some tasks will test integrated skills (e.g. reading AND speaking).
The timings shown are variable. The test will always last 3 hours in total.