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Pearson Language Tests is a unit of the Pearson PLC group, dedicated to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers. The tests include PTE Academic, PTE General, and PTE Young Learners.
The total duration of the PTE Academic 2019 test is of three hours and the mode of the exam is computer-based. Candidates need to use a computer and a headset to listen, respond and read the questions.

The Pearson Test of English Academic comprises 3 sections:
i) Speaking & Writing ii) Reading and iii) Listening.[14]

Here is the detailed paper pattern:



PTE Academic

Speaking & Writing

77 – 93 minutes

·         Personal Introduction

·         Read Aloud

·         Repeat sentence

·         Describe image

·         Re-tell lecture

·         Answer short question

·         Summarise written text

·         Essay (20mins)


32 – 41 minutes

·         Fill in the blanks

·         Multiple choice questions

·         Re-order paragraphs

·         Fill in the blanks

·         A 10-minute break is optional


45 – 57 minutes

·         Summarise spoken text

·         Multiple choice questions

·         Fill the blanks

·         Highlight the correct summary

·         Multiple choices, choose a single answer

·         Select missing word

·         Highlight incorrect words

·         Write from dictation