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FAQ On PTE Training

Who Can Take PTE-Academic

No. PTE Academic is a test of your English ability. The test covers a range of subjects, but you are not being tested on these subjects.

You do not need any special computer skills.

PTE Academic is taken using a QWERTY keyboard, where the letters on the top line spell out ‘QWERTY’. If you are not used to this type of keyboard, it may help to practice with one before you take the test.

You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must provide a signed parental consent form before taking the test.

No. PTE Academic has been designed to recognise speech from non-native speakers of English representing over 100 different native languages.

You can take PTE Academic as many times as you like.

You must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.

No. You can take it at any of the test centers around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use.

If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport at the test center.

Registration

The following payment methods are accepted:

  • MasterCard and Visa debit cards
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express and JCB credit cards
  • Vouchers and promotion codes (you must pay the balance if your voucher does not cover the full test cost)

No. You can use a card that is registered in a different name (e.g. a parent’s credit card.)

Enter your given name into the family name field. Enter a period/full stop (.) in the given name field.

You will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee.

Booking

Important: Please ensure your name on your ID matches your PTE-A registration name, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter the exam.
Go to http://pearsonpte.com/book-now/ read all the information on the page. In order to book your PTE Academic test, you will need to complete the following:

  • Click ‘Sign in Now’ & enter your details. Once you have successfully logged in, click ‘PTE-A: Pearson Test of English Academic’ under Exam Catalogue.
  • Select ‘Schedule Exams’ on the right hand side.
  • Provide answers to all the required questions then click ‘Next’
  • Select your desired location and click ‘Next’. Search for available dates and times.
  • Once you have confirmed your location, date & time you will be asked to review your booking information and proceed to checkout.
  • Confirm all the details and make full payment to secure your booking.
  • Once you have completed your booking you will receive an email confirmation. The email will contain details on test center location, directions of how to get there and a few points to remember on the test day.

On Test Day

At least 30 minutes before the start of your test. This gives you plenty of time to check in and pass security.

You should show your passport when arriving at the test center.The name on the ID should exactly match the name used when booking the test.

Raise your hand and tell the test administrator. They will do whatever they can to help and will ensure the problem is recorded and reported.

Make sure you tell the test administrator about any problems you feel affect your ability to complete the test. Without their record of the problem, it is very hard to trace these issues later on.

Raise your hand and tell the test administrator. They will ask you to complete a form.

Alternatively, contact your local customer service team within 14 days of the test.

Each section of the test is individually time. You will see a timer in the top right corner of the screen counting down the remaining time.

Yes. We will give you an erasable noteboard booklet (about 5 sheets of A4 paper). If you run out of space, you can ask for another booklet.

You are not allowed to make notes until the test has started.

You can correct multiple-choice responses (click again to deselect your answer) and typed responses (use the cut, copy and paste options)

However, you must correct mistakes before moving on to the next item.You cannot re-record any spoken responses.

The microphone will switch off automatically if you are silent for more than 3 seconds during an answer.