PTE Preparation Tips
Updated on Mar 28, 2017 - 12:15 p.m. IST by Stella Bunnag
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PTE Preparation Tips- PTE is, perhaps, one of the most important English proficiency tests taken by aspirants for admission to universities across the world, including countries like – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. A test for non-native English speakers, PTE Academic score is accepted for admission to prominent universities like Harvard, Yale and INSEAD amog others.


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You need to have the right level of academic English for your goal. For that you need the best preparation tips. Pearson publishes a huge range of print and digital English materials that will help you improve your level in PTE.  

Anyone taking PTE Academic needs to know the test and develop strategies to answer the questions. Again you’ll find a lot of information about the test format, timings, key test tips and practice for the 20 different task types.


Here is the pattern of PTE academic;

PTE is a three-hour long online test and is made up of three main parts: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. Questions are asked across twenty formats, including multiple-choice, essay writing, and interpreting information.


PTE Test Pattern



PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)


  • Personal Introduction

  • Read aloud

  • Repeat sentence

  • Describe image

  • Re-tell lecture

  • Answer short question

  • One sentence

  • Paragraph

  • Essay (20mins)

PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)


  • Multiple choice questions (x2)

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Fill in the blanks (x2)

  • A ten minute break is optional

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)


  • Summarize spoken text

  • Multiple choice x2

  • Fill the blanks

  • Highlight the correct summary

  • Select missing word

  • Highlight incorrect words

  • Write from dictation

Praparation Tips for PTE: 


Focus more time on weak areas. If tasks like Write essay are challenging, practise writing more essays! Follow the three Ps- Practice, Practice and Practice. You need to repeatedly practise tasks in the test and analyze the sample answers so you know what’s tested and what makes a good response. Put yourself under timed conditions and pretend you’re doing a real test. It will prepare you mentally and emotionally for Test Day. You can find information and preparation materials on our PTE Academic resources web pages:

Key PTE preparation tips for test day

General PTE Preparation Tips:

  • Arrive early. If you’re rushed, it will affect your performance.

  • Write with full sentences, capital letters and full stops. You can lose marks if you leave out punctuation.

  • Don’t repeat lots of words that you hear or read. Try to paraphrase.

  • Be confident of your answer choices when you answer the multiple-choice, multiple-answers tasks (Reading and Listening) and Highlight incorrect words (Listening) because you can lose marks for any wrong answers.

PTE Preparation Tips for Speaking Sections:


Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture, Answer short question

  • Don’t worry too much about time. In this section, the computer will control the time you spend on each task – all you have to do is click ‘Next’.

  • Speak at a good volume and normal pace. If you speak too quietly or quickly, this may affect your score.

  • If you make a mistake, carry on. Don’t waste time correcting yourself.

Manage your time. You have 10 minutes for Summarize written text and 20 minutes for Write essay.


PTE Preparation Tips for Writing Sections:

Summarize written text, Write essay. Write within the word limits. Your answer for Summarize written text should be one sentence of 5-75 words and the essay should be 200-300 words.


PTE Preparation Tips Reading Sections

Multiple-choice, choose single answer, Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers, Re-order paragraphs

  • Manage your time. You have 32 - 41 minutes to complete this part of the test, so be sure of how long to spend on each task.

  • Give attention to the multiple-choice questions. They may look easy but they are quite challenging!

PTE Preparation Tips for Listening Sections

Summarise spoken text, Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers, Fill in the blanks, Highlight correct summary, Multiple choice, choose single answer, Select missing word, Highlight incorrect words, Write from dictation

  • Be smart about using the erasable noteboard booklet. Use it if you know you have enough time to transfer your answers onto the screen for certain tasks or just type notes directly onto the screen.  

  • Manage your time. Don’t spend too long on particular tasks at the expense of others. Remember the Listening sections have the most task types to get through!

The author, Stella Bunnag, is the Training & Resources Manager at the Language Testing division of Pearson.

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which universities will accept the pte in Canada

Ritisha Kothari 9th Jan, 2020

Some of the institutes which started accepting PTE in Canada are: Centennial Centennial College, Humber College, Seneca College, George Brown, St. Lawrence College, Langara College.

PTE is a computer based test of English for study abroad. The test consist of reading, writing, listening and speaking and is conducted via computer and the test is of 3 hours.

Also, You can find the updated list of Canadian Universities & Colleges accepting PTE scores on Pearson Official Website.


can nothern college,scarbrow accept pte


Yes Gagan. Northern College at Pures-Toronto, Scarborough accepts PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. It requires a score of 58+ for diploma/ certificate programs. For postgraduate diploma/ certificate programs, they require a score of 60+. Similarly, Advanced standings require a score of 60+.

For more details on other English assessment exams accepted by the college and the expected scores, please visit the given website:


I can get university offer later but it is true that visa embassies are rejected Visa applications based on pte.

Khushi 21st Dec, 2019

Hi Yash

No PTE is readily accepted as an english requirement test. There is nothing to worry about that.

But you need to have university acceptance letter to have a smooth visa process.

Hope this helps!

All the best


How can i can prepare my PTE exam to get 80 score in a month?

ptegurus 3rd Dec, 2019


There are many way to prepare the PTE exam. Here are the list you need follow.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice!
  2. Choose best Online Free and paid PTE Mock Test ( practice platform.
  3. Read journals articles and understand the paragraph. Also summarise in your words.
  4. Watch English movies, listen podcast.
  5. Read one paragraph loudly, so that your pronunciation get improved.
  6. Write daily one essay, and check the timing. Because time is very important in the PTE exam.
  7. Record your voice in microphone and listen how your voice sound in recording.
  8. Learn time management.

If you follow the above list, you will definitely achieve your desired score. Also for the best practice mock test you can visit our website. we assure you, if you practice with our mock test and follow the above strategy, you will definitely achieve your target score in the PTE exam.

If you have any query, kindly contact us. We will be happy to help you.


I go 49 score in pte can I apply for Australia.

ptegurus 3rd Dec, 2019


If you have got the overall score in your PTE exam, then you can apply for Diploma course . For further info, please consult the consultant. That can give you exact guide which will be helpful for you.

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