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PTE Academic: Bringing you to the world

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is the smart choice for those who wish to study and work abroad. Developed by Pearson – the world’s learning company, PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based English language qualification, providing a fair and accurate assessment of English language skills required for study abroad, professional development and migration purposes.

Worldwide Recognition

PTE Academic is accepted by prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale, and by thousands of universities worldwide, including universities in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Singapore, Germany and many other countries.

PTE Academic is accepted by:
100% universities in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland
The majority of universities in the UK, and a growing number across the USA, Canada, Singapore and Europe
PTE Academic is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian and New Zealand governments.

Fast Result

PTE Academic’s results are typically available within 5 business days, and the test can be scheduled up to twenty-four hours in advance, making it a fast and flexible testing choice for candidates.

Results are available via the secure score report website. Test takers can send their scores to and unlimited number of institutions without additional fees. The PTE Academic score is valid for 2 years.

Flexible Test Date

PTE Academic offers flexible dates and time to best fit your schedule. PTE Academic is tested globally almost every day a year, in over 200 test centers in 50 countries around the world.

In Vietnam, EMG Education’s Test Centers test six days a week, from Monday afternoon to Saturday morning

Fair & Secure

The test in score 100% by computer to ensure all test takers are assessed impartially and accurately without subjective input from human examiners.

Palm-vein scanning, randomized test forms and data forensics ensure test score validity.

PTE Academic tests in a single 3-hour session and comprises of 3 parts: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening. Test takers will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

PartContentTime allowed
IntroductionPersonal introduction1 minute
Part 1Speaking and Writing77-93 mins
Part 2Reading32-41 mins
Optional break10 mins
Part 3Listening45-57 mins

There are 20 item types in the PTE Academic test.

Speaking and Writing

Speaking and WritingTaskSkills assessed
To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.

The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.

Read aloudReading and Speaking
Repeat sentenceListening and Speaking
Describe imageSpeaking
Re-tell lectureListening and Speaking
Answer short questionListening and Speaking
Summarize written textReading and Writing
EssayWriting

Reading

ReadingTaskSkills assessed
This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given testFill in the blankReading
Multiple choice, single answerReading
Multiple choice, multiple answersReading
Re-order paragraphReading
Reading and Writing fill in the blanksReading and Writing

Listening

ListeningTaskSkills assessed
Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. Integrated skills are also assessed in this part.Summarize spoken textListening and Writing
Multiple choice, multiple answerListening
Fill in the blanksListening and Writing
Highlight correct summaryListening and Reading
Multiple choice, single answerListening
Select missing wordListening
Highlight incorrect wordListening and Reading
Write from dictationListening and Writing

All items in PTE Academic are machine scored using PTE Academic’s automated scoring system.The range for the overall score is 10-90 points. The report shows the overall scores and single skills scores and reflects the student’s overall English language ability and is based on the performance throughout the test.

The result is typically available in 5 business days. PTE Academic scores are accessed via an online account. You will receive an email notifying you once your scores are available. After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that you created to book your test.

Test takers can send their scores to an unlimited number of institutions to fit their purpose.

Scoring explanation

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English, a granular scale from 10-90. The PTE Academic Score Report includes the test taker’s overall score, communication skills scores and enabling skills scores.

The overall score reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.

Scores for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills. The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.

Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing one or more of these skills. The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.

Please note:

  • Scores should only be submitted via the Score Report Website
  • Score Report representation may differ from current score reports

PTE Academic score comparison

Note: This score alignment is recommended by PTE Academic and has been approved by the Australian DIBP. Test takers should check their preferred institutions’ websites for score requirements

Have Your Personal Information Ready

Before booking test takers should be ready to provide the following details exactly as they appear on their identification documents (i.e. valid passport for anyone taking the test outside their country of citizenship):

  • Name
  • Email
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship Country and City of Birth
  • Credit or Debit card

Register and Book

To book a test, test takers must follow these steps:

  1. Visit pearsonpte.com/book
  2. Create a Pearson account:
    Test takers must create a Pearson account in order to book a test.
    Test takers must register using the name and date of birth as it appears on their passport. They must bring their passport on test day.
  3. Once they have created an account test takers receive an email with their login details. This may take up to 24 hours to appear in their inbox.
  4. Once their login details are received via email test takers can schedule a test at www.pearsonvue.com/pteAfter successfully booking and paying on the website, test takers need to bring the idenfication document used for registration (passport) to the test center on the test day.

Test Center Information

In Vietnam, EMG Educations run two PTE Academic Test Centers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Note: The PTE Academic is for test takers over 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will need signed permission from your parent or guardian before you can take the test.

Acceptable payment methods:
MasterCard and Visa debit cards
MasterCard, Visa, American Express and JCB credit cards
Vouchers (please contact EMG Education’s Test Centers to purchase PTE Academic vouchers, you can pay in cash or by bank transfer).

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