PTE Guide

PTE Table of Content


Why PTE?

PTE Academic or Pearson Test of English is a computer-based test designed to evaluate the English language proficiency of nonnative speakers aiming to pursue higher education in English-speaking countries. Pakistani students often opt for the PTE test due to its widespread acceptance by top international universities and colleges across the world. Due to its well-known acceptance, it makes it easy for Pakistani students to get enrolled in an international university or college. Its comprehensive evaluation of language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and quick results make it an attractive choice for students aiming to pursue higher education abroad.  

Countries Who Accept PTE

Following are some famous countries where the PTE test can take you to:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • UK
  • America
  • Canada
  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Turkey

PTE Test Format

PTE Academic is an exam you take on a computer in a safe and welcoming test center. It checks your speaking, writing, reading, and listening abilities. Students who are not aware of the PTE academic test format don’t worry we have provided the whole format including different part and their separate timings in the below on this page.
Here are some key points about the PTE test:

  • Taken at a test center
  • Computer based with headphones
  • Lasts for about two hours
  • Measures real-life English skills
  • Includes 20 different question types
  • Completed in a single test session

The PTE Academic test has three main parts:

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

  • Takes around 54 to 67 minutes
  •  Includes seven types of questions
  •  It is the longest part of the PTE test
  •  It assesses speaking and writing skills of a candidate

Part 2: Reading

  • Takes approximately 29 to 30 minutes
  • Contains five different types of questions (including MCQs & fill in the blanks)
  • Evaluates the candidate’s ability to understand English

Part 3: Listening

  • Takes roughly 30 to 43 minutes
  • Includes eight types of questions
  • Tests listening skills using audio and video clips
  • Candidates are allowed to take notes while listening

How to Prepare PTE?

The following are some suggestions for students on how they can prepare for the PTE Test:

  • Familiarize yourself with the PTE test format. Understand the structure of the test, different question types, and the allotted time for each section.
  • Set a target score. By setting up a target score in your daily practice, it will help you understand where your skills need improvement.
  • Understand how your PTE test will be scored.
  • Understand which skills will be tested in each part of the PTE test and daily practice those skills.
  • Develop Time Management Skills. Practice under timed conditions to improve your time management during the exam. This will help you answer all questions within the allocated time.

PTE Test Dates Availability and Fees in Pakistan

The PTE test dates in Pakistan vary based on the availability of the authorized test centers. The availability of PTE test dates typically depends on the location and demand. Prospective candidates can check the official PTE website to explore the authorized PTE academic test centers in Pakistan and their available test dates. Student have to select ‘Pakistan’ from the PTE test centers and fees page, then the page will show you the number of total exam centers in Pakistan and their PTE test fees.

The PTE academic test fee in Pakistan is $215 USD.

PTE Test Centers in Pakistan

PTE test centers serve as authorized venues where individuals can take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam. These centers are equipped with the necessary facilities and resources to conduct the test in a secure and controlled environment. Students search the names of PTE academic test centers in Pakistan from Pearson’s official website. In Pakistan, there are only two PTE test centers: one is in Islamabad and one in Karachi.

How to Book PTE?

Following is the method through which candidates can book PTE test in Pakistan:

  • Visit the PTE test centers and fees page.
  • Write ‘Pakistan’ in the search by country space and press the ‘Search’ button.
  • Find a test center nearby and choose your appointment.
  • Pick the date and time for your exam by creating or logging into your myPTE account.
  • Fill out your profile details and review the ID policy for required identification on test day.
  • Check your appointment details and confirm your booking by paying the PTE test fees online.
  • A summary of your appointment will show on your myPTE dashboard, and you'll receive an email notification too.

PTE Test Results

All the questions in PTE Academic will be scored by a computer. This ensures that each test is graded accurately, fairly, and consistently. Test takers receive scores ranging from 10 to 90 which will reflect their English skill level. PTE test result is typically available within 48 hours along with a detail report. Your report will include your overall score, communicative skills, and skills profile.  Your PTE Result and Report:

Your PTE test result report will have two important parts:

  • Overall score: Your main PTE Academic score, graded from 10 to 90.
  • Communicative Skills: These scores indicate how well you did in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Each skill is also rated from 10 to 90.

You'll also get a Skills Profile showing how you did in your test categories like 'Short Writing' and 'Multiple-skills comprehension'. Each category has a progress bar to display your performance. Additionally, it offers personalized tips to help improve your English skills and focus on areas where you might need to work on for a better score.

What Score Do You Need?

Different international institutions set their score requirements. But in general, you'll need the following scores:

  • For foundation courses: A score between 36 and 50.
  • For undergraduate degrees: A score between 51 and 60.
  • For postgraduate degrees: A score between 57 and 67.

PTE Test Tips

Here are some tips to attempt your PTE test:

  • On test day, stay composed and confident. Read the instructions carefully and manage your time effectively.
  • Quickly go through the text to understand the main idea.
  • Use the context to predict or understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Pay attention to headings, subheadings, and topic sentences.
  • Manage your time effectively across different question types to ensure test completion.
  • Plan your response before you start writing. Use outlines to structure your essay or  to summarize your ideas
  • Focus on accuracy in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage.
  • Concentrate on the audio by focusing on the main ideas and key details.
  • Make brief notes of essential points or keywords while listening.
  • Familiarize yourself with various English accents to understand different speakers.
  • Focus on fluency and coherence in your speaking. Don’t worry too much about using complex vocabulary.
  • Speak at a moderate pace, clearly pronouncing words, and pausing at appropriate points.
  • Manage your time efficiently for each speaking task.


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