PTE ACADEMIC EXAM -TEST FORMAT & QUESTION TYPE-There are many language tests available worldwide these days catering to the requirements of students and professionals depending upon the country and the field of study /profession they choose. Selecting the right English language test is mostly based on the individual’s need and capability to go through the test successfully.

PTE ACADEMIC EXAM (Pearson Test of English- Academic) is one such English language test becoming increasingly popular because of certain characteristic features of the test. Firstly, it is completely a computer-based test with minimum or no human intervention. That is to say, the test is designed, the format is prepared and candidates’ performance is evaluated by the system. Interested candidates can easily book the slot online once they register and login to Pearson’s website. This test if for three hours duration, that means you can complete all the four modules (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) in three hours only including a ten minutes optional break. Saves time!

That said, many students opt for this test to avoid face to face interaction when it comes to speaking module, and illegible handwriting when writing module is concerned. PTE ACADEMIC EXAM is a more relevant option these days as people are tech-savvy and want everything done quickly. This English language test is designed in a way which provides the comfortable environment for the candidates to sit the test and they have to type their responses on the computer instead of writing on a paper. Everyone will get separate cabin space to attempt the test. Moreover, the candidates can get the results within five working days.

Unlike it Competitors IELTS, PTE ACADEMIC EXAM  scoring is hassle-free and scores can be reported just by the click of a button and candidate can book PTE Academic slot 24 hrs before the scheduled test.


To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test center. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. You can also register on for a free practice test to understand the format of the Exam.

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 English, 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.


Part 1: Speaking & Writing
(77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal introduction
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay (20 mins)


Part 2: Reading
(32 – 41 minutes)

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions

Part 3: Listening
(45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation