PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)

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

*This test can be taken here at AILC

Test Format:


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).


  1. Introduction: untimed. We ask you to introduce yourself. This section is not assessed.
  2. Speaking and writing: 77 – 93 minutes
  3. Reading: 32 – 41 minutes
  4. Break: 10 minutes. The break is optional.
  5. Listening: 45 – 57 minutes


The timings shown are variable. The test will always last 3 hours in total.

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