Types of PTE Exam - PTE Academic & PTE General Training
Exam Types of PTE
PTE tests are classified into three types: PTE Academic, PTE General, and PTE Academic Online. In these versions, the PTE exam pattern is broken down into parts that assess a person's essential English language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a computer-based exam used to measure an individual's level of English proficiency. The PTE exam pattern is accepted as proof of English fluency in over 3000 educational institutions in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and others. The PTE is well-known for its outstanding syllabus and quick results.
The PTE exam time duration is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, and the pattern consists of three sections:
- Speaking and writing
You should note that there is no particular number of questions for any section.
The General version is divided into two sections: Written and Speaking, which is designed to assess your reading, listening, writing, and speaking abilities in English. When it comes to the PTE General exam, it is critical to understand the six levels of proficiency assessed. These levels are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) (CEFR).
Levels in PTE General Test
|Level of proficiency||Grade||Duration|
|A1||Foundation||1 hour 15 minutes|
|1||Elementary||1 hour 30 minutes|
|2||Intermediate||1 hour 35 minutes|
|4||Advanced (Operational Proficiency)||2 hours 30 minutes|
|5||Proficient (Mastery)||2 hours 55 minutes|
If you plan to study in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia, you should take the PTE Academic test. New Zealand and Australia recognize the results of this test for work and immigration visas.
Online PTE Academic
PTE Academic Online allows you to take the exam from the comfort of your own home or any other location. The PTE exam pattern is the same as for the Academic version, but the PTE Academic Online result is not yet approved for visa applications.
Those who desire to take the 'PTE at Home' can book their PTE Academic test online beginning November 16, 2021. The total duration of PTE Test have also been cut by one hour (PTE revised pattern) beginning November 16, 2021. Make sure to check with the university about its acceptance.
Difference between PTE Academic and General
|PTE General||PTE Academic|
|Purposes||Work and study mostly in non-English speaking European regions.||Work, immigration, and study in English-speaking countries.|
|Test Dates||February, May, June, October, November, and December||Every month; depending on the test center|
|Registration||Via the test centers||Online via the Pearson official website|
|Duration||1.5 to 3 hours||3 hours|
Please keep in mind that the assessment systems for these tests differ. So, during the PTE General, you prepare a paper and have a human interview. The Algorithm, on the other hand, scores the PTE Academic version of the test.
Date and Frequency
IELTS test dates are offered upto 4 times in a month making a total of 48 fixed dates in one calender year. The availability of IELTS dates in India may differ for Academic and General IELTS.
Center and Admit Card
The IELTS Exam is offered across more than 50 locations across India. There is no admit card provided for IELTS examination.
IELTS Exam results are released 10 calendar days after the test for the paper based exam and 5-7 calendar days for the computer based test. The Candidate will receive only ONE original Test Report form (TRF).
A candidate may request up to 5 additional TRFs to be sent to the receiving institutions (universities, professional bodies, etc) within 1 month of taking the IELTS test. TRFs sent by courier will be sent via DHL and students will be charged accordingly. If the receiving institution accepts electronic submission of scores then that can be arranged through the IDP IELTS office free of charge.
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