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Conducted by Pearson PLC Group, PTE Academic is one of the most widely used English proficiency tests to study abroad. Here are some latest updates about PTE:

  • Starting August 10, Canada will accept PTE Academic for SDS (Student Direct Stream) applications. The minimum PTE score required for Canada SDS is 60. 
  • The updated PTE Academic (Online & Offline) fee for 2023 is ₹15,900.
  • Pearson has released new guidelines for rescheduling starting August 22, 2023. You can now reschedule your PTE exam free of charge if you do it at least 14 days before the exam date. 
  • You can reschedule a single test up to 6 times. 

The PTE, or Pearson Test of English, is a popular English proficiency test accepted by the USA, UK, and Canada. PTE is growing in popularity and is currently accepted by 74 countries around the world. 


Like most English proficiency tests, PTE checks your English proficiency in four areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing (clubbed as one section). 

PTE’s popularity comes from the convenience it offers the test takers. A fully-proctored PTE Academic test can be taken from home and is offered throughout the year. Another benefit for PTE test takers is that PTE results are announced in less than 48 hours. 


PTE offers many exam variations, out of which PTE Academic is popular among international students moving abroad for studies, as it tests English on an academic level. PTE Academic costs ₹15,900 in India.

Other types of PTE include PTE General and PTE UKVI. PTE General is designed to analyse your English skills in a general setting and is accepted by selected countries. 

PTE UKVI, as the name suggests, is for visa and immigration purposes and not for academics. Under PTE UKVI, you also have PTE Home A1PTE Home A2 and PTE Home B1 tests, mainly for family and settlement visas. 

At a glance:


PTE Full Form Pearson Test of English 
Types of PTE
  • PTE General
  • PTE Academic
PTE Fee Range₹13,500 to ₹15,900
PTE Score Range10 to 90


PTE Score


The PTE score chart provides a fair and definite way to measure English language skills. Your score is evaluated against the Global Scale of English, ranging from 10–90. This consistent approach to scoring reflects that universities and visa requirements can consider them confidently.


PTE score chart mainly evaluates the following four communicative skills:

  • Speaking & Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening


The scoring system of PTE is entirely automated, with no human interference. The responses are assessed based on correctness and incorrectness. Some questions are rated on formal elements and the response quality. 

Here’s how you are scored:

Correct or Incorrect: You receive one point for each correct answer, with no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Partial Credit: Tasks are assessed as correct, somewhat correct, or wrong using a system. For example, full points are awarded if your response to a task is accurate. If the answer is partially correct, some score points are awarded, and if the response is completely wrong, no score is awarded. 

Answers are assessed based on fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

The below PTE band score chart determines your level of excellence. 


PTE ScoresExcellence Level
79-86Very Good


Understanding your ideal score range is important to achieve a realistic target. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How is the PTE exam scored?

A. The PTE scores are based on a particular point system. Each question or task in the exam carries a specific number of points. The scores range from 10 to 90. The overall score is calculated by considering the performance across all sections of the exam

Q.  Is there a passing score for PTE?

A. PTE does not have a pass or fail score. Institutions or organisations determine their cut-off score requirements based on specific criteria. Some institutions may require a minimum overall score, while others may have minimum score requirements for individual exam sections.

Q.  How long are PTE scores valid?

A. PTE scores are valid for up to 2 years from the exam date. After 2 years, the PTE scores expire, and they may no longer be accepted by institutions or organisations that require PTE scores as part of their admission process.


Q. Can PTE scores be sent directly to institutions or organisations?

A. Yes, you can send your PTE scores directly to institutions or organisations of your choice during the test registration process or after you receive the scorecard. Additional fees may apply for sending scores to multiple recipients.

Q. What is the PTE score required for Australia?

A. Many Australian universities and educational institutions require international students to demonstrate their English language proficiency during the student visa application process. The specific PTE score requirement can vary, but a common benchmark for Australian universities is an overall score of 50 to 58 or higher.


PTE Dates


PTE exam is offered throughout the year. However, the dates vary slightly based on the location you choose. PTE is conducted in 35 test centres across India, including major cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, and Hyderabad. 


PTE Academic Online is available to book on almost all days of the year. However, you must book it at least a month before to get the desired date and slot.

PTE Academic Dates 2023


Take a look at the available dates for PTE Academic over the next months.


PTE Academic Dates for Bengaluru 2023



PTE Exam Dates 2023

December03, 10, 17, 24, 31


PTE Academic Dates for Delhi 2023



PTE Exam Dates 2023

December05, 06, 08, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31


PTE Academic Dates for Hyderabad 2023



PTE Exam Dates 2023

December14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31


PTE Academic Dates for Kolkata 2023



PTE Exam Dates 2023

December01, 02, 05, 07, 12,13, 14,15,16,19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


PTE Academic Online Dates 2023





1-30 (All days)



Cancellation Policy for PTE Exam Dates


  • A full refund is available if cancelled up to 14 days before the test date.
  • 50% refund of the test fee for cancellation between 14 and 7 calendar days before the test date.
  • No refund for cancellation less than 7 calendar days before the test.

Rescheduling Policy for PTE Exam Dates

  • 50% of the test fee is required for rescheduling between 14 and 7 calendar days before the test date.
  • No refund for rescheduling less than 7 calendar days before the test.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How many times is PTE conducted in a year?

A. PTE Academic is conducted throughout the year, multiple times a month. The frequency of the test depends on the test centre. Major PTE Test centres have PTE at least 3-4 times a month. PTE Academic Online is conducted more frequently and on almost all days of the month. 

Q. How many days ahead should you book your PTE exam?

A. You can book the PTE exam as late as 2 days before. However, booking early ensures you get the date and centre of your choice. Booking any later than 2 days will cost you an additional charge of 5% of the exam fee. 


Q. How many days before can you reschedule PTE?

A. Ideally, you should reschedule PTE at least 14 days before the test. If you reschedule between 14-7 days before the test, you will be 50% of your fee. If you cancel or reschedule any later than that, you will not get any refund.


PTE Result


The best thing about taking the PTE exam is the wait time for results, which is only 48 hours. The results are released online and will be available on your ‘MyPTE’ account.

Pearson sends out an email alert when the results are available. Afterwards, you need to follow the instructions to log in to your Pearson account. You can send your results to the colleges and universities of your choice through your Pearson account.


The PTE scorecard contains your score between 10-90 for each section. You will also be given an overall score. 

Steps to send your PTE Score Report to colleges


  • Login to your account
  • Click 'View Score Reports'
  • Click 'Send Scores'
  • Type the name of your chosen college or university
  • Review your details, then scroll down and click 'Next' and then 'Next' again to confirm

good PTE Academic score lies in the range of 65-75; anything above that is considered an excellent score and is easily accepted by universities for a wide range of courses. 

Below are the minimum requirements for different countries.


CountryMinimum Score Required 


PTE result is valid for two years from your test date.

Rescoring the PTE test

If you're not happy with your PTE score, you can ask for a rescore. However, since PTE Academic is scored by a computer, the chances of mistakes are very low. Only spoken and open-ended written responses can be rescored. 

You can only request a rescore for your latest PTE Academic Test, and you can't ask for one if you've already scheduled another test or sent your score to an institution. If your score does change after the rescore, the new score will replace the old one, and your updated score report will be sent to you.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How can I check my PTE results?

A. To check your PTE results, visit the official PTE website and log in to your MyPTE account. The PTE scorecard will contain your details, photo, and individual and overall score. You will receive an email alert from Pearson once the results are out. 

Q. Is 43 a good score in PTE?

A. Generally, a score below 50 is considered low. It gives the understanding that you can produce and communicate simple sentences and can converse about a topic of personal interest. The ideal PTE score for university admissions is between 60-75. A score between 43-50 is equivalent to a 5.5 IELTS band score. Only a few universities accept this for admissions. 


Q. Can I get PTE results in 2 hours?

A. No. PTE results are typically announced within 2 days of the test. However, some students have received their results in just a few hours. PTE has a fully automated scoring system, allowing easy and faster result generation without human interference. 

Q. Is PTE 65 easy to score?

A. Scoring 65 and above in PTE is certainly possible with the right preparation. All English proficiency tests require practice and preparation. Make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to each section of PTE. You can also find many scored practice tests on the PTE website. Practice tests can be a great way to assess your skills and improve the areas you lack.


Q. What is the minimum PTE score required for Australia?

A. The minimum PTE score required to be eligible for a student visa in Australia is 42. However, to get into Australian universities, you need a higher score. For undergraduate degrees, a PTE score of 50 is the minimum. For postgraduate degrees, you will need a score of 60+ to get into good universities and advanced courses.



The newly updated PTE Academic and PTE Academic Online 2023 fee is ₹15,900. The cost includes base pay (₹13,038) plus 18% tax (₹2,862).


You can pay the PTE fee while registering for the exam, as late as two dates before. Any later than 2 days will cost an additional ₹695 rupees. 

Below is the fee breakdown for all PTE tests. 


Type of PTERevised Fee 2023 (Inclusive of Tax)
PTE Academic ₹15,900 
PTE Academic Online₹15,900 
PTE UKVI₹15,900
PTE Home A1₹13,500
PTE Home A2₹13,500 
PTE Home B1₹13,500


PTE Exam Cancellation Fees

If you decide not to go ahead with your PTE Academic test after booking it online, you can get a refund under certain conditions:

  • Full Refund: If you cancel your test up to 14 calendar days before the test date, you can claim a full refund of the test fee paid.
  • Partial Refund: If you cancel your test with less than 14 calendar days but at least 7 calendar days before the test date, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of the test fee paid.
  • No Refund: Unfortunately, no refunds will be provided if you cancel the exam less than 7 calendar days before the test date.


PTE Rescheduling Fees


Pearson has announced new rules regarding the rescheduling process, starting August 22, 2023. 

  • Rescheduling at least 14 Days Before the Test Date: You may reschedule your test for free if your PTE test is more than 14 days away.  You are allowed to reschedule a single test up to 6 times. 
  • Rescheduling less than 14 days Before the Test Date: If your test is less than 14 days away, you can only cancel or book a new test date. You can no longer reschedule your test.


PTE Re-scoring Fees


You can request a test review if you are unsatisfied with your PTE exam scores. 


Charges are also incurred for PTE rescore. If the overall PTE scores increase after the review, the reviewing costs will be refunded.

You will have a window of 14 days from the date of receiving your official test results to submit a request for a score review. To proceed with the PTE exam results rescore, you are required to pay a fee of 100 USD (approximately 6000 INR).

Note: The PTE rescore procedure is only applicable to the Speaking and Writing sections of the exam.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How much does PTE cost?

A. The PTE Academic Fee 2023 in India is ₹15,900 (including all taxes). The fee for PTE UKVI also stands at ₹15,900. The PTE Home A1, A2 and B1 tests, on the other hand, cost ₹13,500. The fees are subject to change based on location. They are also revised every one or two years, so it’s best to check the official website before you apply. 

Q. Is PTE more expensive than IELTS?

A. No, PTE is certainly less expensive than IELTS. Currently, IELTS costs ₹16,250 in India and PTE costs ₹15,900. The same applies to UKVI tests, as IELTS UKVI also costs ₹16,500, whereas PTE UKVI costs ₹15,900. PTE and IELTS serve the same purpose but have many differences. The fee is an important factor when choosing between the two.

Q. How can I pay my PTE fee?

A. PTE fee can be paid online. Once you have confirmed your slot, you can continue the process and pay the exam fee to complete the registration. PTE accepts different modes of payment, such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express credit cards and a few debit cards. Currently, PTE does not accept PayPal or other UPI payment methods.

Q. Can I refund my PTE fee?

A. You will get a full refund if you cancel your PTE test well ahead of time, at least 14 days before the exam date. If you cancel between 14-7 days, you’ll get a 50% refund. Any later than 7 days before the exam will result in zero refund. You can also get a full refund if you miss the exam due to medical reasons. However, you must support your claim with evidence for Pearson to accept.


PTE Pattern


The PTE exam is divided into three sections (speaking & writing, reading, and listening). PTE Academic has now been shortened to 2 hours from the previous 2 hours and 45 minutes.


The PTE Academic exam consists of three sections.

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking and Writing

Below is a breakdown.

Speaking & Writing54-67 minutes
Listening30-43 minutes
Reading29-30 minutes


These sections are curated with questions and tasks that analyse your proficiency in English for academic purposes. There is no fixed number of questions for any section.

PTE Pattern: Question Types


Take a look at the different question types for the PTE exam:


PTE Speaking and Writing Section


  • Personal Introduction
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat Sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Re-tell Lecture
  • Answer Short Question
  • Summarize Written Text
  • Essay

PTE Reading Section 


  • Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks
  • Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer
  • Re-order Paragraphs
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Multiple Choice, Single Answer

PTE Listening Section


  • Summarize Spoken Text
  • Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Highlight Correct Summary
  • Multiple Choice, Single Answer
  • Select Missing Word
  • Highlight Incorrect Words
  • Write from Dictation


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the pattern of the PTE exam?

A. The PTE exam consists of 20 questions that test the candidates' English language proficiency. It comprises three parts - speaking & writing (54-67 minutes), reading (29-30 minutes), and listening (30-43 minutes).

Q. Is there a negative marking in the PTE exam?

A. No, there is no negative marking in the PTE exam. You are not penalized for incorrect answers or for skipping questions. Attempting all questions to maximize your chances of earning points is always advisable.

Q. Can I choose the order of sections in the PTE exam?

A. No, the order of sections in the PTE exam is predetermined and cannot be customized. The exam begins with the Speaking and Writing section, then the Reading section, and concludes with the Listening section.


PTE Syllabus


The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) evaluates your Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening abilities.


The PTE Syllabus is designed to determine your ability to understand and communicate in English in various contexts, including global issues, academic motifs, and everyday conversations. 

Each section of PTE assesses your English skills on different scales. Here’s a breakdown of what each skill is measured against.

Types of questions covered in the PTE Syllabus


The PTE Exam covers a wide range of question types in its syllabus. Here are the different question types for each section:


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


  • Summarize
  • Multiple choice answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Write from dictation
  • Highlight incorrect words

Speaking and Writing:

  • Personal introduction
  • Answer short questions
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Summarize
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Essay

These question types are designed to assess various language skills and abilities of the candidates taking the PTE Exam.

The PTE syllabus is crucial to your preparation, and It's important to familiarize yourself with the specific question types and task formats of the PTE exam.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What topics are covered in the PTE exam syllabus?

A. The PTE syllabus covers various topics, including academic subjects, social issues, current affairs, general knowledge, and everyday English. The exam assesses your English language proficiency in various skills, such as speaking, writing, reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and academic abilities.

Q. Is the PTE syllabus different for PTE Academic and PTE General?

A. Yes, the PTE syllabus differs for PTE Academic and PTE General. PTE Academic focuses on academic language skills and is primarily used for educational and immigration purposes. PTE General assesses general English language proficiency and is suitable for broader contexts. Each exam's specific tasks and question types may vary, tailored to the respective purposes.

Q. Can I find official PTE syllabus materials for preparation?

A. Pearson, the organisation that administers the PTE exam, provides official PTE preparation materials, including practice tests and sample questions. These materials are designed to help you become familiar with the exam format, question types, and content covered in the syllabus. Official PTE preparation materials can be purchased from the official PTE website.


PTE Registration


The PTE registration is a simple and fast process and can be done from the comfort of your home. You can register for PTE Academic online, offline and UKVI tests on the official website of Pearson PTE with the following steps.

  • Visit the official PTE website
  • Choose a test
  • Create your account
  • Book your slot
  • Pay the fees


PTE Registration fees


Latest update: The  PTE Academic fee has been updated to ₹15,900.


PTE exam type

PTE Fee (in INR) 

PTE Academic 


PTE Academic Online
PTE Academic UKVI


PTE Home A1


PTE Home A2


PTE Home B1



If you book your PTE exam within 48 hours of the PTE test date, you must pay a PTE Late Booking Fee.


Documents Required for PTE Registration


The main document necessary for PTE registration is a valid ID. You can use your updated and valid Indian passport to register. 

To enter the test centre, a valid ID is mandatory on the exam day.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How to register online for PTE?

A. To register online for PTE:

  • Visit the official PTE website and create an account
  • Select your preferred test location, date, and time
  • Pay the fees


Q. What is the PTE fee?

A. The usual fee for the PTE Academic is ₹15,900/-. If you book your PTE exam within 48 hours of the PTE test date, you must also pay a late booking fee.

PTE Academic PTE Academic Online


Q. Can I take PTE Academic Online?

A. Yes, you have the option to take PTE Academic Online. To register:

  • Visit the official PTE Academic website 
  • Create your Pearson account.
  • After registration, you will get an email within 48 hours from Pearson with your login details.
  • Next, you can opt for the PTE Academic Online version of the test.


Q. What documents are required for the PTE test?

A. All you need is a passport to register for PTE. You must carry your valid passport and admit card to the test centre on the test day. The PTE scorecard is delivered within five working days from the test day.

Q. Who is eligible for PTE?

A. PTE is open to individuals of all ages and nationalities who wish to demonstrate their English language proficiency. It is commonly taken by students applying for study abroad programs, professionals seeking employment opportunities, and individuals applying for immigration purposes.


Q. Can we get a visa with PTE?

A. PTE scores are widely accepted by various educational institutions and governments worldwide for visa applications. However, specific visa requirements can differ depending on the country and the type of visa you are applying for. You should check the official immigration or visa websites of the country you are interested in for accurate and detailed information regarding visa requirements.


PTE Test Centre


The PTE test can be administered in a test centre and at home. 

To take the PTE Academic offline version, you must book a designated test centre in your preferred city. PTE exam centres are currently available in 35 cities across India, including major cities such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Noida. Considering exam safety, PTE test centres follow the highest safety standards with no more than 15 seats per test room. 


It would be best to choose the PTE exam test centre that is most convenient for you to perform your best on the day of the exam.

PTE Academic Online can be taken from anywhere. Ensure you have a good internet connection, a functioning wired headset, and a microphone. 

It is a fully proctored test that uses the exact test content, scoring and format as PTE Academic in a test centre.


PTE Exam Centre City-wise List


Check out the PTE exam centres across the major cities of India here:


New DelhiJalandhar


PTE Slot Booking Tips


Here are the tips to book your slot for the PTE test:


  • PTE exam registration is available throughout the year.
  • You can book your exam slots according to your preference.
  • Book the slot 10-15 days in advance to secure a seat, as availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many PTE exam centres are in India?

A. There are 35 test centres in India for PTE Academics. The exams can be scheduled up to 48 hours before your time. It is mandatory to check the availability before you select the PTE Academics test centre and date. PTE has a network of 400+ test centres in 117 countries – and options for online testing too. 

Q. Can I take the PTE exam online?

A. Yes, PTE can be taken online. The PTE Academic exam is a computer-based test conducted at home. PTE Academic Online The test is designed to assess English language proficiency skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening, and all sections of the test are completed using a computer.


Q. Which test centre is best for PTE?

A. The best PTE exam centre may vary depending on your preference, location, and specific requirements. It is recommended to research and consider factors such as the reputation of the test centre, availability of test dates, proximity to your location, and any additional services or facilities offered by the centre.

Q. How can I check my PTE exam Centre?

A. You can use the following steps to check your exam centre

  • Visit the official PTE website.
  • Select the Check test availability option present on the homepage
  • Alternatively, you can also click on the Book a Test option present on the top right corner of the homepage
  • Click on the Check PTE Academic Availability option
  • Enter the country name and search for the available test centres

Q. What is the late booking fee for PTE? 

A. One of the greatest advantages of the PTE exam is that you can book your seat 48 hours in advance without incurring a huge last-minute registration fee. PTE levies a nominal charge of 5% if you book your seat within 48 hours. The table below accurately depicts the actual PTE registration fee versus the late fee.

Registration typeFees (INR)
Advance booking15,900
Late fees795
Total fees for late registration16,695


Q. Can I book PTE twice? 

A. No, booking multiple PTE tests is not allowed. You can only schedule one appointment at a time. If you wish to arrange another appointment, you must either reschedule the original one to a later date, cancel the initial appointment, and then book another available PTE test date.


PTE Books


One of the most effective ways to prepare for the PTE exam is by using high-quality study materials, and sample papers and PTE practice books contain both of these. 

PTE books are designed to help test-takers succeed. They offer a comprehensive exam overview, valuable tips, and strategies to help you score.


Top PTE Books to Prepare for PTE Academic


  • The Official Guide to PTE Academic 
  • Practice Tests Plus: PTE Academic 
  • Expert PTE Academic Coursebook


If you are preparing for the PTE Academic test, you can consider using the Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2. This book is highly recommended and is known to be one of the best resources for PTE preparation. It follows a structured course format, guiding you through lessons designed to prepare you for the PTE Academic exam. 

You can choose either B1 or B2 level depending on your language level. The book also provides access to MyEnglishLabs, offering digital practice for all students.


PTE Prep: Offline Practice Test


If you prefer not to purchase books, you can download the full version of the PTE Academic test in PDF format from the official Pearson PTE Academic website. 

With the offline mode, you can solve the exam questions and better understand the test.


PTE Exam Preparation: PTE Official Practice App


For convenient practice, you can utilize the PTE Academic Official Practice App. 

Simply download the app on your preferred platform, and you can practice for the PTE Exam anytime and anywhere. The app comes with a study planner, practice activities, and valuable information about the test to aid in your preparation.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do I prepare for PTE?
A. To prepare for PTE:

  • Know the PTE test format
  • Use official PTE preparation materials for practice
  • Dedicate specific study time for PTE preparation
  • Focus on improving your English language skills
  • Practice sample questions and mock tests


Q. What are the best resources for PTE? 

A. The best resources for PTE tests are PTE books. Some of the best PTE books include:

  • The Official Guide to the PTE Academic
  • Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2
  • PTE Academic Practice Test Plus – Volume 1 & Volume 2

Q. Is it easy to score well in PTE?

A. PTE scoring follows a transparent and standardised process. The scoring is based on predefined criteria and guidelines, and the test is designed to objectively assess your English language skills. Understanding the scoring criteria and practising the specific skills assessed in each section is important to improve your chances of getting a high score.

Q. Can I prepare for PTE in 15 days?

A. The duration of PTE preparation depends on various factors, including your current English language proficiency level and the amount of time you can dedicate to studying. While preparing for PTE in 15 days may be challenging, making significant progress with focused and intensive study is possible. Creating a study plan, prioritising the areas that require improvement, and utilising available resources effectively to make the most of your preparation time is advised.


PTE Eligibility


PTE is open to individuals of all nationalities who wish to demonstrate their English language proficiency. As such, no clear criteria are set by the Pearson PLC Group – the conducting body of the PTE exam.

Nevertheless, according to the PTE eligibility criteria, the following factors must be kept in mind.




The PTE exam is open to students of all international students, who have to follow the same set of rules governing the exam. However, the exam may only be taken by candidates with valid and authentic identity proof documents.

Age Limit

Anyone above the age of 16 years can appear for the PTE exam. However, if you’re aged between 16-18, you must submit a parental consent form in advance.



PTE Academic Board has not specified any specific eligibility criteria for the educational qualifications. 

It's important to note that specific requirements may vary depending on the country, test centre, or institution where you plan to use the PTE scores. 

It's advisable to check with the official PTE website or the relevant test centre for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is PTE accepted in Canada in 2023?

A. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the acceptance of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) for Canada Visa applications. Starting in late 2023, the PTE will join the other language tests designated by the IRCC. Canada will now accept PTE in all visa categories, including student direct stream (SDS), economic migration, and non-SDS academic admissions.

Q. Is there an age requirement for taking the PTE exam?

A. There is generally no specific age requirement to take the PTE exam. However, test takers under 18 might need to fulfil additional requirements or obtain parental consent as per the policies of the test centre or country.

Q. Are there any educational qualifications required to take the PTE exam?

A. The PTE exam has no specific educational qualifications or background requirements. Individuals at any level of education, from school students to working professionals, can take the exam.

PTE Sample Papers


Using sample papers is a great way to prepare for your upcoming PTE Academic Exam. 


The PTE Academic exam is designed to test your English language skills and improve your communication abilities. You don't need to be an expert in English to pass the exam; it simply checks your everyday English communication to help you become more expressive. 


PTE mock test on Pearson's official website, available at https://www.pearsonpte.com/pte-academic.

You can access PTE Mock Tests and PTE Practice Tests directly from the official website or through the provided link. The PTE practice test includes 5 mock tests for you to practice.

Note: A fee might be associated with accessing these tests.

PTE sample papers are crucial in effective preparation for the PTE exam. These papers provide

  • Valuable insights into the format and structure of the exam
  • Awareness of the types of questions
  • Understanding of time limits
  • Acquaintance with the overall test layout


PTE exam sample papers offer a variety of questions with varying degrees of difficulty. Since authentic exam resources like PTE sample paper PDFs from the official guide contain every possible question form, they provide the ideal learning experience. 


PTE practice test comprises numerous reading, listening, writing, and speaking question types. The PTE sample tests have been a proven source of preparation for PTE.


Moreover, practising with sample papers helps assess individual strengths and weaknesses, develop targeted study plans, improve time management skills, and build confidence.

You can access Pearson’s official PTE mock tests from the website.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How can I get 50 marks in PTE?

A. To score 50 marks in the PTE Academic exam, you must focus on improving your performance in the four main sections: Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening. 


Here are some tips to help you achieve your target score:

  • Have a clear understanding of the PTE Exam Format
  • Concentrate on your fluency and pronunciation
  • Read the instructions carefully before attempting each task
  • Practice your time management
  • Understand the score pattern
  • Take time to cross-check your answers relevant to your writing task
  • And practice, practice, and practice

Q: What to do during the PTE test?

A. During the PTE Academic test, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful exam experience:


  • Use proper punctuation for writing tasks like full stops, capital letters, commas, etc. 
  • Keep precisely within the word limit given for writing tasks. 
  • Reply quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will stop after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording. 


  • Write in capital letters. Only use capitals at the beginning of sentences, names, etc.
  • Click next (N) before you complete the task and are ready to move on. 


Q: What is the 3-second rule in PTE?

A. During the test, you will hear a short question, and then the recording status will change to recording. Start your answer as soon as the status changes happen. If you wait for more than 3 seconds, the recording will stop, and the test status will change to 'completed', which means you have lost your chance to give your answer.

Q. What are the types of PTE tests?

A. PTE (Pearson Test of English) offers various types of English language proficiency tests to assess different language skills for different purposes.


Test typePurpose
PTE AcademicWork and study
PTE Academic OnlineWork and study
PTE Academic UKVIImmigration 
PTE Home A1Work and family visa
PTE Home A2Extend a visa for spouse/partner
PTE Home B1Settlement and citizenship applications


Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the 3-second rule in PTE?

A. During the test, you will hear a short question, and then the recording status will change to recording. Start your answer as soon as the status changes happen. If you end up waiting for more than 3 seconds, the recording will stop, and the test status will change to 'completed', which means you have lost your chance to give your answer. So, if you need time to reflect on a question, use fillers like "well", "you see", and "actually" to keep the software going before you get the right flow.


Q. Which part of PTE is toughest?

A. In general, the toughest part of the PTE can depend on your individual strengths and weaknesses. However, some people may find the speaking section the most challenging, requiring them to think quickly, speak clearly and coherently, and respond accurately to prompts. The speaking section of the PTE includes tasks such as reading aloud, repeating sentences, describing images, and answering short questions.

Q. How many attempts are there for PTE?

A. There is no limit set by PTE as to how many times you can appear for their PTE Academic Exam. You are eligible to take your next exam within 5 days. So, candidates can take the PTE Academic exam as many times as they want. But there are other rules in place. For instance, you cannot book more than one date at a time. So if you booked a date for September, you cannot book another for your plan B as a backup date in October. You need to sit the first test and receive your score to book for another.

Q. Is PTE better than IELTS?

A. The difficulty level of PTE compared to IELTS is subjective and varies from person to person. Some individuals may find PTE easier, while others may find IELTS more suitable for their abilities. It is recommended to research and assess the requirements of the institutions or organizations you are applying to determine which test is more appropriate for your needs.

Q. What is the PTE exam for?

A. The PTE exam (Pearson Test of English) is an English language proficiency test designed to assess and measure your English language skills. The exam is widely used for academic and immigration purposes, especially for international students who wish to study or work in English-speaking countries. It is recognized by various universities, colleges, and governments worldwide as evidence of English language proficiency for academic admission, visa applications, and employment opportunities.

Q. Does Canada accept PTE?

A. Canada accepts the PTE exam as it is recognized by over 3,000 universities worldwide. Most of Canada's top-ranking universities and colleges prefer PTE Academic, with a minimum PTE score of 50 (varies). Recently, the Canadian government approved PTE Academic for SDS applications. In order to qualify for the SDS program, test takers must achieve an overall score of 60 on the PTE Academic test.

Q. What is the minimum PTE requirement for the UK?

A. PTE is accepted by 99% of UK universities and for all UK visa and immigration applications. If you're applying to Master's courses or a PhD, you need a PTE score of over 59. And if you're applying for a course below degree level, you need 43 or higher.

Q. Is PTE valid for PR?

A. Most nations, including Australia, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand, accept PTE scores. These PTE scores are accepted for getting PR, immigration and university admissions. PTE is a mandate for getting permanent residency in Australia and New Zealand.

Q. Can we get a visa with PTE?

A. Yes, it is possible to use PTE Academic scores for visa applications in certain countries. However, note that PTE Academic online is not accepted for visas by any country currently. PTE  Academic (offline) scores are widely accepted for visa purposes, including student visas, work visas, and immigration programs. However, the specific requirements may vary depending on the country and the type of visa you are applying for.

Q. How is the PTE score calculated?

A. The PTE score is calculated based on various factors. Each section of the test, including Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening, are scored individually. The scores are then used to calculate the overall PTE score on a scale of 10 to 90. The score reflects your English language proficiency level, with higher scores indicating a higher level of proficiency.

Q. Is there a PTE exam on Sunday?

A. Yes, PTE exams are available on Sundays. Pearson, the organization that administers the PTE, offers test dates throughout the year, including weekends. However, note that test availability may vary depending on the test centre and the region. It is best to check the official PTE website or contact the nearest test centre to confirm the available test dates.

Q. Is 56 a good score in PTE?

A. A score of 56 in PTE can be considered a moderate score. PTE scores range from 10 to 90, with 90 being the highest achievable score. While 56 is not a bad score, it may not meet the requirements for certain visa applications or academic programs with higher score thresholds. Scoring above 58 in PTE is ideal for university admissions and visas.