PTE Test Prep

I have been helping students with PTE test prep since its inception in 2009 and it has always been my endeavor to ensure that you achieve your desired result in the first attempt. The PTE exam tests your listening, reading, writing and speaking (LRWS) skills and is graded on a band of 90 for each skill. An overall score is also awarded on a scale of 90. Usually, students need to score above 65 to qualify for applications to top-tier universities across the world and an overall score of 59 for most other universities.

However, you should check whether the colleges that you are applying to accept a PTE score. Even though all universities in Australia and New Zealand accept the PTE exam as a proof of English language proficiency, it is still not universally accepted by colleges. Therefore, if you are planning to go abroad to pursue higher studies to a country other than Australia and New Zealand, it would be advisable to opt for IELTS or TOEFL instead of PTE. For the purpose of immigration, the requirements vary from country to country and the PTE exam is accepted by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.

My students are consistently among the top scorers and it gives me immense joy to know that I have played a part in writing their success story. There are various aspects about PTE test prep that you should be aware of and I will try my best to give comprehensive answers to all your questions. So let us have a detailed discussion about the PTE examination:

What is the PTE exam?

PTE stands for Pearson Test of English. The PTE Academic is an English language proficiency test taken by students who are planning to go abroad for higher studies. Though accepted globally, mostly students who are going to Australia and New Zealand prefer to take the PTE as it is universally accepted by universities in those countries. Moreover, PTE is the exam of choice for people immigrating to Australia and New Zealand.

Which organization conducts the PTE exam?

The PTE examination is organized by Pearson Language Tests, a unit of the Pearson PLC group, a multinational company headquartered in London, England.

What is the pattern of the PTE exam?

The PTE exam has three sections, viz. Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening. Each section has a wide variety of questions that you must answer within the stipulated time. The exam lasts for 3 hours. Following is a detailed break-up of the format of the PTE exam:

Section Question Type No. of Questions Time (minutes)
Personal Introduction 1 Not Timed
Speaking & Writing Read Aloud 6-7 30-35
Repeat Sentence 10-12
Describe Image 6-7
Re-tell Lecture 3-4
Answer Short Questions 10-12
Summarize Written Text 2 20
Summarize Written Text / Write Essay 1 10 / 20
Write Essay 1 20
Reading Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer 2-3 32-41
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers 2-3
Re-order Paragraph 2-3
Reading: Fill in the Blanks 4-5
Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks 5-6
Listening Summarize Spoken Text 2-3 20-30
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers 2-3 23-28
Fill in the Blanks 2-3
Highlight Correct Summary 2-3
Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer 2-3
Select Missing Word 2-3
Highlight Incorrect Words 2-3
Write from Dictation 3-4


How is the PTE exam scored?

The PTE exam is scored on a scale of 90 points. There are four main sections that are scored on a scale of 90 points each, i.e. listening, reading, speaking and writing. They are called communicative skills and your overall score is the average of their individual scores rounded to the nearest integer. Moreover, there are six enabling skills, whose scores are also displayed on your score report. Following is a detailed break-up of the scores of each section:

Communicative Skills Minimum Score Maximum Score
Listening 10 90
Reading 10 90
Speaking 10 90
Writing 10 90
Enabling Skills Minimum Score Maximum Score
Grammar 10 90
Oral Fluency 10 90
Pronunciation 10 90
Spelling 10 90
Vocabulary 10 90
Written Discourse 10 90


How much do I need to score on the PTE exam?

A few top-tier universities may ask for a PTE score of 65 or above, whereas most good colleges accept scores of 60 or above. For the purpose of immigration, especially to Australia, you should have a minimum score of 59 to qualify; however, in order to maximize your immigration score and improve your chances of securing a visa, your score should be 79 or above.

For how long is the PTE score valid?

Your IELTS score will remain valid for 2 years from the date on which you take the exam.

How many re-attempts are allowed for the PTE exam?

There is no limit on the number of times you can appear for the PTE exam. You can book a re-test after you receive the result of you PTE exam, this usually takes up to 5 days after the test. However, you will have to book your exam slot and pay the examination fee to Pearson for every attempt.

What are the documents that I need to carry with me for the exam?

The only document that you need to carry to the examination hall is your passport and an e-mail confirmation of your exam slot. You must carry your ORIGINAL passport. This is very important because if you do not carry the original passport, the invigilators will not allow you to take the test and you will not be given any refund of the examination fee either.

Is the PTE a computer-delivered test or a paper-delivered test?

The PTE is a computer-delivered test.

How often is the PTE exam conducted?

The PTE exam is conducted multiple times a month throughout the year. You will have to check the available dates at a centre near you and book a date that is suitable for you.

How can I book the PTE exam?

You have to go to the PTE Academic Official Site and create an account. Subsequently, you can the available dates at a centre near you and book your exam.

Where can I take the PTE exam?

The PTE exam is conducted at Pearson VUE centres in major cities all over the world.

What is the exam fee?

The registration fee for the PTE exam is INR 13,300 but if you want to book the exam within 48 hours of the examination date, then a late fee of INR 665 is levied and you will have to pay a total amount of INR 13,965.

In how many days will I get the result?

Your PTE test result will be made available online within 5 business days after your exam. In most cases, people get their scores within 24-72 hours after taking the test.

How much time should I devote to my PTE test prep?

You should devote 1 month to your PTE test prep if you follow a proper study plan dedicating around 2 hours every day. However, if your English is weak, it may take you 2-4 months as you will have to improve your language skills before you start your PTE test prep.

How do you conduct PTE test prep classes?  

I will take PTE test prep classes 2-3 times a week depending on how well you are following the study plan that we will prepare. Each class is 2 hours in duration and I only make small batches of up to 4 students. This ensure that you learn from your peers and get personal attention at the same time. We will start with concept classes and subsequently, I will ask you to attempt mock-tests on a weekly basis. Once you are scoring well on the mock-tests and I am satisfied with your progress, I will ask you to book your exam slot.

Where do you conduct PTE test prep classes?

I conduct online PTE test prep classes using platforms such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc. and I also conduct in-person classes at my home office in Karapakkam, Chennai.

What preparation material should I buy to study for the PTE exam?

The Official Guide to the Pearson Test of English is a great resource which is modelled on the actual exam and has plenty of practice questions. The PTE Academic Testbuilder by Macmillan Testbuilders is also an excellent book. Moreover, if you enrol for my PTE classes, I will also provide you with preparation material that I have compiled. You can buy Official PTE Mock Tests from Pearson’s website directly as they follow the format of the exam and provide a simulation of the actual test.


Where can I get more details about your classes?

You can read the FAQs I have posted here and you can also reach out to me via e-mail or phone for further details. If you are in Chennai, you are most welcome to visit me at my home office in Karapakkam, for which I have provided the address and Google Maps link in the Contact Me section.

I hope that I have answered most of your questions regarding PTE test prep and that you have a good amount of clarity about the structure of the exam, how to prepare for it and where your score is applicable. Please click here to find out more about me and you can read my other articles below: