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PTE Exam Pattern & Syllabus

PTE Syllabus

PTE Speaking and PTE Writing (77 - 93 minutes):


  • Personal Introduction
  • Reading out loud
  • Repeating Sentences
  • Describing images
  • Re-telling lectures
  • Answering brief questions
  • Summarizing given texts
  • Essay writing

PTE Reading (32 - 40 minutes):


  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice question and answers (choosing a single answer and multiple answers)
  • Rearranging the jumbled sentences

PTE Listening (45 - 57 minutes):


  • The listening section consists of the following:
  • Summarizing the audio content
  • Multiple choice questions and answers (single answer and multiple answers)
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlighting the correct summary
  • Choosing the missing word
  • Highlighting the incorrect word
  • Writing from dictation

The PTE test consists of the following sections:


  • Speaking and Writing Sections (77-93minutes)
  • Reading Section (32-40 minutes)
  • Listening Section (45-57 minutes)

PTE Reading Section


The PTE Reading Section has 5 sub-sections. The total duration to complete this section is 32-40 minutes.

PTE Reading and Writing - Fill in the Blanks Fill in the blanks in the given passage with the right answers.
PTE Multiple Choice - Multiple answers Read the given passage and choose multiple right answers.
PTE Reordering paragraphs Reordering the given sentences in the correct order to form a coherent passage.
PTE Fill in the blanks Choose the right word from the dropdown boxes and fill in the blanks.
PTE Multiple Choice - Single answer Select a single right answer from the list of options.


The total duration to complete this section is 45-57 minutes.

PTE Academic Listening


PTE Summarize spoken test Summarize the audio in about 50-70 words in 10 minutes.
PTE Multiple Choice - Multiple answers Carefully listen to the audio and choose multiple correct answers.
PTE Listening and Writing - Fill in the blanks Listen to the audio and fill in the blanks with the exact phrases in the given transcript.
PTE Highlight the perfect summary Listen to the audio and choose the right summary.
PTE Multiple Choice - Single answer Choose a single right answer from the multiple-choice.
PTE Find the missing words Listen to the audio, find the missing words and fill in the blanks.
PTE Highlight the incorrect words Listen to the audio and change the incorrect words.
PTE Write from dictation Listen to the audio and highlight the incorrect words.


This section has 8 sub-sections. The total duration to complete this section is 77-93 minutes.

PTE Academic Speaking and Writing


PTE Personal Introduction
With 25 seconds of preparation time, you will have to read out a prompt and record your personal details within 30 seconds. These details are later sent to schools.
PTE Read aloud
You will be given a transcript. You will have read the text on the transcript out loud. If you pause for more than 3 seconds, the recording will be stopped.
PTE Repeating sentences
Audio will be played. You will have to repeat the audio within 15 seconds.
PTE Image Description
You will be shown an image. After observing it for 25 seconds, you will have to describe it in your own words.
PTE Retell lecture
Listen to the lecture and summarize it in your words.
PTE Respond to a short question
Listen to the audio and respond to it with single or multiple words.
PTE Summarize in a single sentence
Read the given passage and summarize the important points within 75 words in 10 minutes.
PTE Essay writing
Write an essay in about 200 - 300 words in 20 minutes.

 

The PTE Syllabus is as follows

PTE Speaking and Writing:


  • Personal Introduction
  • Answer short questions
  • Re-telling lecture
  • Summarization
  • Reading out loud
  • Repeating sentences
  • Describing images
  • Essay writing

PTE Reading


  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers
  • Rearranging paragraphs

PTE Listening


  • Summarization
  • Multiple-choice question and answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Writing from dictation
  • Highlighting incorrect words

The Test process is as follows:

  1. Reading the question - Depending on the length of the text, you will be given time to read the text prompt.
  2. Preparing for the answer - You will be given an average of 10-15 seconds to prepare for each section to answer the questions.
Answering the questions - Your answers will be recorded as you write, speak and select the right answers.
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