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Pearson Test of English i.e. PTE Exam in short is a highly competitive computer-based English language proficiency exam that assesses the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of non-native English speakers. These four section tests are important for you, if you want to study abroad, especially in the English speaking countries. It is designed to be fair as well as impartial, providing an objective assessment of one’s English language skills. The test/exam is totally computer-based that eliminates any potential bias or subjectivity that may be present in human-assessed tests/exams.

One of the significant advantages of the PTE is the fast TAT for receiving test results. You can receive the test scores within 5 business days that is considerably faster compared to other English proficiency tests/exams available. This test is beneficial particularly for those who have tight deadlines for VISA applications or study abroad programs. They offers test-takers the convenience of choosing from different test dates throughout a year. In addition to that, there are countless test centers available worldwide, providing flexibility for students to take the test at a location that is convenient for them.

This comprehensive evaluation process ensures that your abilities in all areas are thoroughly tested. The test incorporates real-life scenarios and integrated tasks that assess your ability to use English in practical situations. The integrated approach helps gauge your ability to apply language skills in real-world contexts.

It is widely accepted by educational institutions, professional organizations, and governments all around the world. Many foreign universities and colleges recognize this test as proof of English language proficiency for the purpose of admission. Countries, like Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK, accept the Pearson Test of English for the sake of VISA applications and immigration.

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Step by step process of completing PTE Exam Registration.

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The administrative institution of the PTE Academic Exam is the Pearson PLC Group doesn’t specify PTE exam eligibility criteria for individuals looking to appear for the PTE (Pearson Test of English) exam.


Age Limit

Minimum age: 16 years
Parent consent required: 16 - 18 years
Maximum age: No limit mentioned

Exam Qualifications

Minimum or maximum qualification: not mentioned by conducting body 

Eligible Countries

USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The PTE Exam pattern is uniform all around the world that accepts the PTE test scores. What may actually vary is the cut-off marks. Here is the table that would give you a better understanding of the PTE test format. 




Application should be aged at least 18 years

Test Availability

Throughout the years


2 Hours


Consists of 20 unique questions

Speaking & Writing (54-67) minutes

Reading (29-30) minutes

Listening (33-43) minutes

Registration Formalities

Registration can be done online via the official PTE website


14,700 INR

Test Results & Score Scales

Results available in 48 hours, and sent to the test takers in 5 business days. The score ranges between 10-90

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Exam Syllabus

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Test Centers

They have a network of 400 plus test centres all around the world, in 117 countries, and options for online testing too. PTE is conducted all over India at various exam centres. There are 35 PTE exam centres in India. Check out the Pearson Test of English exam centres across the major cities of India.

Top PTE Test Centres in India in 2024

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Karnal, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur. New Noida, Pune, Rajkot.


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Result statistics

PTE Academic measures your proficiency in the English language according to global standards and assesses it on a scale of 10 to 90. Each PTE score in the PTE score chart indicates various English expertises of the test takers.


PTE Score


CERF Equivalent

IELTS Equivalent

90 - 85

High English Proficiency


Band 9

84 - 76

More Than Any Requirement for Academic Education


Band 7 - 9

75 - 59

Good for Applying for an Undergraduate Course


Band 5.5 - 6.5

58 - 43

The minimum requirement for UG Course


Band 4 - 5

42 - 30

Low for Academic Course


Not Applicable

29 - 10

Very low for Academic Courses


Not Applicable

Frequently Asked Questions


If you cancel the PTE test, with less than 14 calendar days, but at least 7 calendar days before your test date, then you will receive a partial refund of 50% of the PTE test fee paid. If you want to challenge the test score, you need to request a machine rescore. One thing you should keep in mind is – PTE tests are machine scored, so it is unlikely that your overall scores will change.

You can select any test centre for PTE exam as per their choice test dates and time, and that is totally based on the availability of test centres. There are no fixed dates for the PTE exam. If you are interested to take the test, then you have to register on the PTE website first to check when an exam date is available.

Normally, the fee for the PTE academic test is Rs. 15,900 INR including GST. If you book your PTE exam within 48 hours of the test date, then you will have to pay a PTE late booking fee as well.

If you cancel within 14 days of your scheduled PTE test date, full refund is possible. You will get a 50 percent refund whether you cancel within 14 days but before 7 days. Keep in mind one thing that there would be no refund whether you cancel the test less than 7 days before the scheduled test date.

Determining which test is tougher, PTE or IELTS is out and out subjective and can vary from person to person based on individual strengths, weaknesses and familiarity with the test format.

IELTS & PTE are both widely recognized English language proficiency tests, but they differ in a few key aspects. One of the significant differences between IELTS and PTE is the test format. IELTS consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. PTE, on the other hand, is a computer-based test that assesses the four skills through various task types, including speaking into a microphone. IELTS uses a band score ranging from 0 to 9 for each section. PTE employs a scoring scale of 10 to 90.

The eligibility criteria for taking the PTE exam are generally straightforward and do not involve strict qualifications. Anybody over the age of 16, regardless of nationality or background can take the PTE exam. Anyone can take the test regardless of their age. Candidates can take the test regardless of their educational qualifications or background.



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