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What is PTE Academic Exam?

PTE Exam 2021: The PTE Academic exam is a computer-based English language test accepted by educational institutions around the world. The full form of  PTE is the Pearson Test of English and PTE-Academic is the English test undertaken by students and aspirants who desire to go abroad for studying or immigrate to a major English-speaking country.  Students are required to take the PTE exam to prove their English language competency.

Conducted by Pearson PLC Group, PTE Exams were not being conducted temporarily due to the COVID-19 situation across the country. However, now with the COVID-19 cases on a decline, PTE test centres are re-opening with a safer space for candidates to appear for the PTE test. The PTE Exam Fee has also been updated from 13,300 to 13,700 including taxes. In short, candidates would be required to pay INR 13,700 for booking their PTE test.

Candidates would be glad to know that the conducting body of the PTE Exam, Pearson PLC Group has launched the PTE at Home. The PTE at Home is identical to the PTE test. However, the PTE at Home is held from the safety of the home of the candidate keeping student safety in mind. The conducting body has also shortened the total duration of the PTE exam from three hours to two hours with effect from November 16, 2021.

The two-hour-long computer-based test focuses on day-to-day English rather than high-level English language and tests a student on his/her ability to effectively understand the language as spoken daily. The multi-level grading system of the PTE exam ensures a better understanding of the student’s proficiency in the English language.

There are many factors that distinguish PTE Academic from other English proficiency tests. The first and foremost distinguishing aspect of the same is the scoring pattern and the results. As the tests are completely computerized, the PTE results and scores are declared much quicker, typically in two business days. This makes it aptly suited for students who are in a bit of a rush. Candidates looking to appear for their PTE Academic test will learn about the following PTE topics as they read along:

  • PTE Eligibility
  • PTE Exam Dates 2021
  • PTE Test Centre
  • How to Register for PTE
    • PTE Exam Booking
  • PTE Exam Fee
  • PTE Exam Pattern 2021
  • PTE Syllabus
  • PTE Scholarships
  • PTE Preparation tips
  • PTE Results and Scores

Recent Updates for PTE Academic Exam

This section would cover any latest developments revolving around PTE Academic for the benefit of students who are planning o appear for their PTE Academic exam.

Pearson launches a shorter version of PTE Test and PTE at Home to commence from November 2021

Candidates who have been waiting for Pearson to introduce the ‘PTE at Home’ version of the PTE Exam are in for a pleasant surprise. As starting October 25, 2021, candidates wanting to take the ‘PTE at Home’ can book their PTE Academic online test which is starting from November 16, 2021. Candidates would also be glad to know that the current PTE Exam would be shortened by one hour also starting November 16, 2021. Know all about the changes introduced by the Pearson PLC Group on the PTE Academic Exam.

PTE Testing resumes as COVID restrictions ease in major parts of the country

Candidates should note that due to the pandemic, a lot of the PTE exam test centres had to temporarily shut due to the COVID restrictions imposed across the country. However, now with the COVID cases on a decline across the country, PTE test centres have resumed operation, following the highest safety standard. Candidates should note that that PTE Test Centres are conducting the PTE tests for smaller batches, hence it is important to book your PTE slot early.

Coronavirus Covid-19 PTE Academic Exam Alert

Due to the ongoing pandemic coronavirus COVID-19, all PTE Academic Testing has been suspended across PTE test centres in India. PTE Academic is yet to introduce the option of appearing for the PTE Academic exam from home. Candidates who have booked their PTE Academic test slots would have the option of cancelling their exam for a full refund or simply rescheduling their test date at zero cost. Candidates are requested to keep an eye on this section for the latest developments.

PTE to cost 13,700

As informed earlier, candidates wanting to appear for the PTE exam would be required to shell out 13,700. Earlier, the PTE Academic exam was priced at 13,300. candidates should note that this is inclusive of taxes.

Why take PTE Academic Exam?

PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test for non-native English speakers who wish to study abroad. It tests the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills of the candidates. The test is designed in such a way that every question generally tests two skills together, like reading and speaking or listening and reading.

Who accepts PTE Academic Scores?

PTE Academic exam is accepted by thousands of educational institutions across the world. Apart from this, PTE Academic is also accepted by the governments of Australia and New Zealand for visa purposes. Those who aspire to go abroad for studying in a major English-speaking country like the UK, Australia, USA, and Canada take the PTE Academic exam to prove their English language efficiency.

Types of PTE Exam

The Pearson Language Tests – a unit of Pearson PLC Group is responsible for conducting three formats of the English proficiency test to assess the English language skills of non-native speakers of the English language. The three tests are PTE Academic, PTE Academic UKVI and PTE Home.

PTE Exam 2021What is PTE Academic Exam?

The PTE Academic exam is conducted round-the-year, for students looking to get admission to a university or institution. The exam consists of four sections, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The scores of the PTE Academic exam is valid for a period of two years.

What is PTE Academic UKVI?

The PTE Academic UKVI is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) that is approved by the UK Home Office for all UK visas that require a 4 skill language test. It is a fast, fair, and convenient choice for candidates who wish to work, study, or live in the UK. Candidates should note that there is no difference in the content or format of the PTE Academic UKVI exam when compared to the PTE Academic exam. There are minor differences in the registration process.

What is PTE Home?

The PTE Home is an English test that is accepted by the UK Home Office for family and work visas. The PTE Home English test is broadly classified into PTE Home A1, PTE Home A2 and PTE Home B1 English tests. These serve various purposes when it comes to applying for various family and work visas.

Note: PTE Home is different from PTE at Home version of the test. The PTE at Home has been recently launched and is an extension of the PTE Academic Exam.

PTE Exam 2021: Key Highlights of the PTE Academic Exam

Exam Name PTE
PTE full form Pearson Test of English
Official Website https://pearsonpte.com/
Conducting body Pearson PLC Group
Widely popular as English language proficiency test
Generally accepted by Universities in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand
Types of exam PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI
Mode of exam Online
PTE Fee INR 13,700
Skills Tested English Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading
PTE Helpline 00080 0440 2020

What are the eligibility criteria for the PTE Academic Exam?

As such, there are no specific criteria set by the Pearson PLC Group – the conducting body of the PTE Academic exam. However, according to the PTE Academic eligibility criteria, students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appearing for the test. Also, candidates who are below 18 years of age need to give a parental consent form for appearing for the PTE Academic test.

Age Limit to Appear for PTE Academic Exam

In order to take the PTE Academic test, the candidate must be at least 16 years old. Candidates below 18 years of age need to take a parental consent form signed by either parents or guardians before taking the test. Candidates can download the consent form from the official website of the PTE Academic Exam.

Education Qualification to appear for PTE Academic Exam?

Pearson PLC Group – the conducting body of the PTE Academic Exam has not laid down any education qualification criteria for candidates wanting to appear for the PTE Academic test.