The PTE is one of the most accepted English proficiency tests. The test is used by embassies and employers in their candidate assessment processes. It is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for candidates wanting to study or immigrate abroad. The PTE score is accepted by various academic institutes worldwide including Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale University. A good PTE score can greatly improve your chances of success.



The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an English language test on similar lines as the IELTS and the TOEFL. This computer-based exam focuses on day to day usage of the English Language as opposed to high-level English. It tests a candidate on the effective understanding of the English language on a day to day basis. The grading system used in PTE ensures a better level of understanding of the candidate’s proficiency in the English language.

Since the PTE is a computer-based test the results are usually given within 5 business days from the test date. Some candidates receive the score within 3 days and some even within a day.


The Pearson Test of English (Academic) is trusted across the globe by various Governments, Universities, and Educational Institutes.

How many modules are there in PTE?

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking


  • Flexible: Test dates are available almost for over 360 days in a year in over 250 centers worldwide
  • Fast: Results are declared typically within 5 working days
  • Fair: Since the test uses computerized marking, it ensures that all test takers are scored accurately and impartially
  • Secure: Various measures are taken to ensure test security like randomized test forms, palm-vein scanning and data forensics
  • Unlimited: Test takers can send their test results to as many Universities or Institutions as they like with no extra payment


The scoring in PTE is done from 10 to 90 with 10 being the lowest and 90 being the highest. Increments happen by 1 point. The grading scale showcases the test taker’s ability to read, write, speak and understand instructions given in English. The scores are also provided in a graph for easy understanding of the candidate as well as the areas of improvement.


The PTE (Academic) can be used for both immigration and study overseas. The governments of Australia and New Zealand accept PTE (Academic) test scores for immigration. Various Universities across Australia, New Zealand, and Europe also accept PTE (Academic) test scores.


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The standard price for the PTE exam is INR 13,300 while the fees for late booking is INR 13,965.

PTE General assesses the ability of a person to effectively communicate in the English language.

All 4 skills – Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing – are assessed.

Do note that the PTE General is not recognized for the purposes of immigration. For immigration, you will have to appear for PTE Academic instead, if required.

In India, you can appear for the PTE Academic at any of the Test Centres in the cities of:

  • New Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Bangalore
  • Noida
  • Pune
  • Chandigarh
  • Coimbatore
  • Ahmedabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Cochin
  • Vadodara
  • Vijayawada
  • Rajkot
  • Patiala
  • Nagpur
  • Jalandhar
  • Ludhiana

The main differences between the two are –

FeaturePTE GeneralPTE Academic
About the testFormerly London Tests of English General.Launched in 2009. Endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
Who accepts?Only a few countries accept.Most universities accept for admission purposes.
Who should give this test?Non-native speakers of English migrating to an English-speaking country.Those who wish to apply for colleges or universities abroad.
Eligibility criterionNo age limit or specific qualification needed.Age should be at least 18 years or above.
Exam FormatMainly 2 sections – a written paper, and a spoken test.Similar to the IELTS, there are 4 sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
Validity of ScoreLifetime validity. PTE General certificates do not expire.Valid for 2 years from date of issue of result.
When is the exam held?Check here for the upcoming test dates.Held in 200+ locations globally, more than 360 days a year.
Who conducts the test?By Pearson in partnership with Edexcel Limited.By Pearson Language Tests. Endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

PTE Young Learners is an English language assessment test for students between the ages of 6 to 13. Accredited by Pearson Edexcel, it assesses the English language in a stress-free and fun way.

Do note that the PTE Young Learners is not recognized for the purposes of immigration.

PTE Academic is considered a quick test as the test results are delivered within 5 business days.

As such, there is no “pass mark” per se. You are awarded points based on your ability to use the English language.

PTE Academic measures the ability “to use English in academic settings”.

The score report has an overall score, from 10 to 90 points.

Separate scores are also given between 10 to 90 to each of the skills of – Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.

The PTE score that you should be aiming at will depend upon the course that you are applying for.

Generally, the following are required –

  • For UK Tier 4 visas for students wishing to study below degree level: PTE of at least 36
  • For UK Tier 4 visas for students wishing to study at or above degree level: PTE of at least 51

Do keep in mind that if you wish to pursue your studies at any U.K. Higher Education institution, either at the degree level or above, the concerned university will be the deciding factor for the PTE score that will be required.

Usually, the following have been seen to be needed for admission to universities in the U.K.–

  • For MBA: minimum PTE between 59 to 69
  • For postgraduate studies: minimum PTE between 57 to 67
  • For undergraduate studies: minimum PTE between 51 to 61

As the PTE requirement depends upon the purpose of taking the exam, there is no average PTE score as such.

The overall score in PTE Academic is a combination of the scores achieved in all the 4 individual skills, and not the average of the scores.

As per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), the PTE score ranges as per proficiency levels are:

CEF LevelProficiency Level PTE Academic score range 
A2 Basic User 24 to 42
B1 Independent User 36 to 58
B2Independent User 51 to 75
C1Proficient User 67 to 84
C2 Proficient User80+

The CEF is used as a benchmark for reference to understand scores in any language qualification exam.

Candidates taking the test will have to answer twenty different question formats which includes multiple choice questions, essay questions and questions that involve interpreting information. The test intends to test real-life and academic English of candidates, so, they are asked to listen to excerpts from lectures and look at charts and graphs.

PTE General

The test has 2 parts –

  • A written paper
  • A spoken test

PTE General assesses the ability of the test taker for communicating in the English language in everyday situations.

A scenario-based English language test, PTE General uses real-life tasks and materials for assessing how well can the test takers express themselves in everyday situations.

PTE Academic

For appearing for the PTE Academic, you will be assigned a computer and a headset at any of the test centres of Pearson.

Total duration of the test: 3 hours, in one sitting

Parts of the test:

Part of the TestDuration 
Part 1: Speaking & Writing(77 – 93 minutes)
Part 2: Reading(32 – 40 minutes)
Part 3: Listening(45 – 57 minutes)

A 10 minutes break, optional, can be taken between the reading and listening parts.

20 different question formats are in the PTE Academic. Questions asked range from multiple choice questions on one hand, to interpreting information and essay writing on the other.