The Pearson Test of English (better known as PTE – Academic) is a testing system designed to measure the English language competency of non-native English speakers who intend to move to countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK and so on, for higher education or residency.
The test looks at the abilities of candidates in four areas – speaking, writing, reading, and listening – to assess their overall English ability, although it is of course tailored for candidates who want to get a student visa or skilled visa in the above-mentioned countries.
PTE is graded on a scale of 0 to 90 for each of the four sections, which are known as subtests. The highest score is 90, and the lowest score is 0, as can be seen from the table below.
However, recently Pearson, the company which administers the PTE, has made changes to their concordance report. As a result of this, the PTE scores required to equate with IELTS band scores have undergone some change. Although this concordance report has not been implemented by the Australian and New Zealand immigration departments, it is always a good idea to keep the new score requirements in mind when preparing for the PTE Academic test.
|IELTS Bands||PTE Scores||PTE Scores (Proposed)||OET Grade|
*Proposed PTE Range is based on the new Pearson IELTS Concordance Report. Click here
PTE IELTS Score Calculator
|My PTE Score|
(Current PTE Range)
(Proposed PTE Range)
IELTS PTE Reverse Calculator
|My IELTS Bands|
(Current PTE Range)
(Proposed PTE Range)
Nursing (AHPRA) Registration Australia
If you are a migrant nurse in Australia, you need to take IELTS or PTE in order to register as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) or a Registered (RN) before you start practicing as a nurse. AHPRA requires a minimum of 65 score each in listening, reading, writing and speaking sections of PTE either in 1 sitting or in 2 sittings no more than 6 months apart. Use the calculator below to find out if you are eligible to combine scores in 2 sittings or not.
Disclaimer : Take note that this is a general guide and you still need to check your eligibility with the respective registration bodies.
PTE Test Format & Scoring
PTE Academic test can only be a taken at an approved Pearson test center. This is a computer-based test and involves mic and headphones for listening and speaking sections. The test is generally of 3-hour duration with option 10-minute break between reading and listening sections. You will be answering 20 different question types. Given below is the list of question types and the number of questions of each question type. Note that the right column shows which questions include negative scoring.
|Question Type||Module||Time||No. of Questions||Scores||Points||Negative Marking|
|Read aloud||Speaking||77-93 mins||6||Reading
|10||Yes – in Content|
|Repeat Sentence||Speaking||10||Listening Speaking||13||Yes – in Content|
|Re-tell lecture||Speaking||3||Listening Speaking||15||No|
|Answer Short Question||Speaking||10||Listening Speaking||1||0 for wrong answer|
|Summarize Written Text||Writing||2||Reading
|Write Essay||Writing||2||Writing||15||Yes – in Spelling|
|MC, Choose Single Answer||Reading||32-40 mins||2||Reading||1||No|
|MC, Choose Multiple Answers||Reading||2||Reading||1||Yes (-1 each wrong choice)|
|Fill in the Blanks||Reading||4||Reading||1||No|
|R&W: Fill in the Blanks||Reading||5||Reading Writing||1||No|
|Summarize Spoken Text||Listening||45-57 mins||2||Listening Writing||10||No|
|MC, Choose Multiple Answers||Listening||2||Listening||1 each correct||Yes (-1 each wrong choice)|
|Fill in the Blanks||Listening||2||Listening Writing||1 each correct||No|
|Highlight Correct Summary||Listening||2||Listening Reading||1||No|
|MC, Choose Single Answer||Listening||2||Listening||1||No|
|Select Missing Word||Listening||2||Listening||1 each correct||No|
|Highlight Incorrect Words||Listening||2||Listening Reading||1||Yes (-1 each wrong choice)|
|Write from Dictation||Listening||3||Listening Writing||1 each correct word||No|
PTE Integrated Scoring Guide
Some of the questions in PTE Academic contribute marks towards more than one part. For example, 3 out of 5 question types in the Speaking part also contribute marks towards the listening section. So, for exam, if you are struggling to achieve your desired score in Writing, you will not only need to work on Write Essay and Summarise Written Text, but also Listening Fill in the blanks, Listening Writing From Dictation and Reading & Writing Fill in the blanks as well.
Check the table to below for more information:
Contributing Question Types
FIB, HCS, MC(CSA)
SMW, HIW, WFD
|RS, RL, ASQ|
|Writing||FIB, WFD||R&W: FIB||SWT, WE|
|Speaking||RA, RS, DI