Pte Test Format

Test Format

PTE Test Format


    PTE academic consists of three main parts.One receives a general introduction to the test and specific instruction about what to expect in each part of test.

    Part of the test Section Item Type Time allowed
    Introduction Not timed
    Part 1: Speaking and Writing Section 1 Personal Introduction 1 minute
    Section 2 Read aloud 30 -35 minutes
    Repeat sentence
    Describe image
    Re-tell lecture
    Answer short question
    Section 3-4 Summarize written text 20 minutes
    Section 5 Summarize written text or write essay 10 or 20 minutes
    Section 6 Write essay 20 minutes
    Part 2: Reading Multiple-choice, choose single answer 32-41 minutes
    Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
    Re-order paragraphs
    Reading: fill in the blanks
    Reading & writing: fill in the blanks
    Part 3: listening Section 1 Summarize spoken text 20 or 30 minutes
    Section 2 Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 23-38 minutes
    Fill in the blanks
    Highlight correct summary
    Multiple-choice, choose single answer
    Select missing word
    Highlight incorrect words
    Write from dictation



    The writing skills tested in PTE Academic include the following:

    Writing for purpose (to learn, to inform, to persuade)

    Supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanation.


    Two item types appear in the writing section. The total time to complete this section is 40, 50 or 60 minutes, depending on the combinations of items in a given test. You could be required to write two summaries and one essay (40 minutes), 3 summaries and one essay (50 minutes), or two summaries and two essays (60 minutes).

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