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PTE Academic Exam Pattern

There are three sections in the PTE exam. This exam is 3 hours long and is totally computer based.
Neha Aggarwal Jul 11, 2019

Section 1: Speaking & Writing Section

  • It's a 77-93 minutes long exam depending on the prompts.
  • This section is conducted to assess your spoken English in an academic environment.
  • The writing section will require you to write responses using the correct grammar and spellings.
  • There are 7 question types in this section.

Types of Questions in Speaking & Writing Section

  1. Reading aloud
  2. Repeating the sentences
  3. Describing images
  4. Re-telling the lecture
  5. Answering short questions
  6. Summarizing written text
  7. Essay writing

Section 2: Reading Section

  • This section is 30-40 minutes long, depending on the prompt lengths.
  • The PTE Academic Section is designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. 
  • There are 5 question types in this section.

Types of Questions in Reading Section

  1. Multiple choice, Multiple answers
  2. Multiple choice, Single answer
  3. Re-qrdering paragraphs
  4. Reading: fill in the blanks
  5. Reading & Writing: fill in the blanks

Section 3: Listening Section

  • Its duration is 45- 57 minutes, depending on the prompts.
  • This section tests your ability to listen to, and comprehend spoken English (audio recordings).
  • There are 8 question types in this section.

Types of Questions in Listening Section

  1. Summarize the spoken text
  2. Multiple choices, multiple answers
  3. Fill in the blanks
  4. Highlight correct summary
  5. Multiple choices, single answer
  6. Select missing words
  7. Highlight incorrect words
  8. Write from dictation