PTE Test Format

PTE test is a 3-hour English proficiency test conducted at an exam center of your choice.

You’ll be using a computer and a headset to listen and speak into, to respond to questions asked in the PTE exam.

There are main three parts of the exam:

  • Speaking & Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

The 1st part (Speaking & Writing) ranges from 77 – 93 minutes.

The 2nd part (Reading) ranges from 32 – 40 minutes.

The 3rd part (Listening) ranges from 45 – 57 minutes.

There will be 20 different question formats including multiple-choice questions to essay writing topics and some questions relating to interpretation.

PTE Exam Format for Speaking & Writing

This section of a PTE Exam tests your speaking and writing skills together in an academic syllabus. You will have to use your grammar skills while writing responses to provided questions.

Following is included in the Speaking & Writing format

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

PTE Exam Format for Reading

Reading section of a PTE exam tests your reading skills by ensuring you provide the correct answers to reading questions. Reading questions consists of multiple-choice, re-ordering of paragraphs, fill in the blanks and alike.

Following is included in the Reading format of PTE Exam

  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple-choice, choose a single answer

PTE Exam Format for Listening

Listening format of a PTE Exam tests your listening skills by asking you to summarize the spoken sentence, fill in the blanks, multiple-choice answers, and writing from dictation.

Listening to the text is crucial in this format as the video or audio clips are generally 60-90 seconds and you get 10 minutes to write your response in 50 to 70 words. However, this changes from question to question so ensure you study it accurately.

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice, choose a single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation