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PTE English Academic Test Structure

PTE Academic assesses all four language skills—listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes.


PTE Academic Test consists of three main parts. You will receive a general introduction to the test and specific instructions about what to expect in each part of the test. Each part may contain a number of sections. Each section is individually timed. The table below shows the test structure.


Part of test                        Section      Item type Time allowed 
Introduction No Time
Part 1: Section 1 Personal introduction 1 minute
   Speaking and writing
Section 2 Read aloud 30-35 minutes
1) Repeat sentence 2) Describe image3) Re-tell lecture4) Answer short question
Sections 3-4 Summarize written text 20 minutes
Section 5 Summarize written text or Write essay 10 or 20 minutes
Section 6 Write essay 20 minutes
Part 2: Reading
Multiple-choice, choose single answer 32-41 minutes
1) Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
2) Re-order paragraphs
3) Reading: Fill in the blanks
4) Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

Break Time …. After Break Part 3

Part 3 Listening
 Section 1 Summarize spoken text 20 or 30 minutes
  Section 2 1) Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 23-28 minutes
             2) Fill in the blanks  
3) Highlight correct summary  
4) Multiple-choice, choose single answer  
5) Select missing word  
6) Highlight incorrect words  
7) Write from dictation  


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