Pearson’s Test of English ( PTE )

PTE Pearson test of English, is an automated test aimed at assessing the candidates proficiency in four modules i.e. Reading, Writing, Speaking and listening. PTE since its inception has been very popular with candidates aspiring to migrate to New Zealand, Australia and many other countries and hence has garnered a lot of attention since then. The test culminates in a single session of approximately 3 hours starting with speaking and writing modules followed by Reading and Listening with an optional break of 10 minutes.

The test is aimed at accurately measuring a test takers ability to speak, comprehend, write and understand academic vocabulary and inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words. The test albeit quite descriptive with the tasks comes across as quite easy to understand and attempts. One of the tips that come to the rescue of the applicant is to form a focused approach to the test.

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The format of the test is as follows:

PTE, starts with your personal introduction, which is a total one-minute task and is the underscored part of PTE. Then the test commences with speaking which further constitutes five tasks:

                                                      (No. of task)

  • Read aloud (6-7)
  • Repeat the sentence (10-12)
  • Describe the image (6-7)
  • Retell the lecture (3-4)
  • Answer the short question (10-12)


Speaking in PTE majorly aims at speaking for a purpose, i.e. to repeat, to inform or to explain. Pronunciation and voice clarity are the major parameters of assessment in PTE. Tasks like describe the image and retell the lecture also checks at organizing an oral presentation in a logical way. Correct intonations, stress and paraphrasing is also essential for achieving an ideal score. It is advisable to be speaking at the natural pace, using correct stress and also focusing on correct pronunciation. Using words and phrases appropriate to the content and reading aloud are important aspects of scoring well. Speaking happens under timed conditions so practicing accordingly is essential.

The total time assigned to this section is around 30-35 minutes and the number of tasks varies based on different sets.

This section is followed by writing section which roughly takes around 50-60 minutes. There are only two tasks in this section, thus, involves elaborate writing. The two tasks in this module are:

  • Summarize written text (2-3 tasks)
  • Write the essay          (1-2 tasks)

Speaking and writing are categorized as part 1 of the PTE examination.


Part 2 of the PTE academic test is Reading. This part majorly involves five tasks and assesses the candidate of his understanding of written English. This section is for 32-41 minutes and has five distinct type of questions to be answered.

Task types are multiple choice choose single answer, multiple choice choose multiple answer, Recorder paragraphs and two types of fill in the blanks.

Reading task questions are not timed individually, hence, students have to pay attention to the timer on the upper right hand corner of the computer screen. It is extremely important to practice your tasks as per the requirement in order to attempt and complete the modules in the stipulated amount of time.


Listening is the concluding and part 3 of the examination. This constitutes of eight tasks and tasks for about 45-57 minutes. This section requires you to listen to some audio clips and answer the questions accordingly. This section has the maximum number of tasks and assesses both listening and writing skills. The tasks are as follows:

  1. Summarize spoken text
  2. Multiple choice choose multiple answers
  3. Fill in the blanks
  4. Highlight the correct summary
  5. Multiple choice choose single answer
  6. Select missing word
  7. Highlight the incorrect word
  8. Write from dictation

It is quite important to remember the sequence of tasks in PTE so that we do not miss on attempting the task. Listening section checks if the student is able to comprehend the information and is able to infer the meaning of these. Summarize spoken text majorly checks about comprehending the information spoken and thus forming a conclusion from what the speaker talks about whereas highlighting the incorrect word is about identifying errors in the speakers information. It majorly assesses classifying and categorizing information and understanding academic vocabulary and following the oral sequencing of information.



People well versed with computers and those who feel uncomfortable with a person judging may find PTE to be very appropriate since PTE evaluates everyone equally and fairly irrespective of ethnicity, age or physical appearance unlike IELTS where judging may include preconceived notions arising from your attire, body language or facial expressions. PTE as it happens everyday of the month, is easier to get an appointment/test slot immediately and the results are also fast. Most importantly, it is easier to score in PTE as a 65+ in PTE is equivalent to 7.0 in IELTS. Thus you comparatively need lesser scores.

Infact the test can be booked even 24 hours before the exam since results are announced within 5 days the test takers can apply quickly for a visa.

Unlike IELTS, all the language skills would be evaluated on a single day which is an advantage to the test takers. The duration of the test is around 3 hours.

Even though, both IELTS and PTE evaluates English language skills, the major difference is the mode of the test as PTE academic is a computer based test. It encourages candidates who have average English language skills along with good typing skills to score well. In IELTS the aspirant speaks face to face with the examiner which for some test takers is nerve wrecking. Computer based evaluation, escaping to face a human may be relaxing for many.

PTE is considered to be more fair, with zero human interpretation on the scores. You can get maximum scores in PTE which is quite impossible in IELTS. Since IELTS has human intervention the scores may not be as authentic as PTE. Thus, PTE is sometimes much more reliable and accurate. KMINDZ is considered as one of the best PTE training institute in Faridabad and Jaipur for both academic and general.


Why take PTE:

It is completely (automated test) computer based English test for non native speakers, thus is quick to apply and swift with the result as well. With a number of tasks to be attempted in PTE, the aspirant stands a chance to score in one or the other task. It is approved by Australian Government for all visa applications and is also accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland as well.

The test is aimed at accurately measuring a test takers ability to speak, comprehend, write and understand academic vocabulary and inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words. The test albeit quite descriptive with the tasks comes across as quite easy to understand and attempt. One of the steps that comes to the rescue of the applicant is to form a focused approach to the test.

PTE scores are widely accepted in most of the countries. PTE Academic is currently recognized by around 1,010 university programs worldwide. However, you should contact the university that you applied for, to find out if they accept PTE academic and also to find out the grade they require. They are acceptable in United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand etc. At KMINDZ we provide you the best PTE classes in Faridabad and Jaipur for both academic and general.