About PTE Academic 2020

The Pearson Test of English Academic 2020 is an internationally recognised English language proficiency examination conducted by Pearson VUE. PTE Academic is accepted by various universities, colleges and even some countries for immigration purposes. The PTE academic is not a test of deep English knowledge, rather, it is just testing the candidate's basic ability to

The scores for the PTE Academic can be used to satisfy English language proficiency requirements for various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. English language proficiency scores are required for students who are from non-English speaking nations or who do not have English as their first language. The PTE Academic scores are valid for up to 2 years from the exam date.

PTE Academic 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name Pearson Test of English Academic
Short Exam Name PTE Academic
Conducting Body Pearson
Exam Level University Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Duration 3 Hours

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The conducting body has not prescribed any specific eligibility criteria in terms of educational qualification. However, the eligibility is prescribed in terms of the age limit of the candidate and is as follows. 

  • The candidate must be at least 16 years of age. 
  • If the candidate is under 18 years of age, then he or she must submit proof of parental consent in order to be eligible to sit for the examination. 

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Credit Card

In order to apply for the PTE Academic 2020 examination, a candidate must register for a Pearson VUE account on the official website through the following procedure:

  • The candidate must go to the official PTE Academic website and register for a Pearson VUE account by clicking on the 'register now' link.
  • Within 24 hours of registration, the candidate will receive login details to access his or her newly created Pearson VUE account. 
  • Using the login details, the candidate can log into the Pearson VUE account and schedule a PTE Academic test.
  • Test dates and centres will be available for selection as per the candidate's requirement. 
  • The final step in the application process is payment of the test fees which can be done online via credit card.

PTE Academic E-books and Sample Papers

PTE Academic 2020 Syllabus

Speaking and writing-

Speaking and writing: Unit 01
Personal introduction
Speaking and writing: Unit 02
Read aloud
Speaking and writing: Unit 03
Repeat sentence
Speaking and writing: Unit 04
Describe image
Speaking and writing: Unit 05
Re-tell lecture
Speaking and writing: Unit 06
Answer short question
Speaking and writing: Unit 07
Summarize written text
Speaking and writing: Unit 08
Summarize written text or Essay
Speaking and writing: Unit 09
Write essay


Reading: Unit 01
Multiple-choice, choose single answer
Reading: Unit 02
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
Reading: Unit 03
Re-order paragraphs
Reading: Unit 04
Fill in the blanks
Reading: Unit 05
Reading and writing : Fill in the blanks


listening: Unit 01
2 or 3 summarize spoken text
listening: Unit 02
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
listening: Unit 03
Fill in the Black
listening: Unit 04
Highlight correct summary
listening: Unit 05
Multiple choice, choose single answer
listening: Unit 06
Select missing word
listening: Unit 07
Highlight incorrect words
listening: Unit 08
Write from dictation

In order to prepare properly for the PTE Academic 2020 exam, candidates must keep the following points in mind in order to score well on the PTE and ensure a high level of English language proficiency:

Preparation for PTE Academic 2020 Writing:

  • Practice essay writing on various topics in a timed environment.
  • Always stay within the prescribed word limit for the specific writing exercise i.e. under 100 words for the summarising the test exercise and under 500 words for the essay.
  • Avoid redundancy and use clear and unequivocal sentence structure and vocabulary. 

Preparation for PTE Academic 2020 Speaking:

  • Ensure that the enunciation of words is clear and avoid hesitancy.
  • Do not hurry through the speaking exercises, maintain a steady oratory pace despite the time constraints.
  • Do not spend time on correcting oratory mistakes, carry on with the exercise regardless of botched words.
  • Practice speaking aloud at home with various questions and exercises in a timed environment. 

Preparation for PTE Academic 2020 Reading:

  • Manage time properly during reading exercises as the number of questions is greater than in other sections.
  • Read and re-read each question before attempting to answer without giving in to overconfidence.
  • Practice as many sample questions as possible.

Preparation for PTE Academic 2020 Listening:

  • Practice listening section questions from audio exercises in a timed environment.
  • Maintain a calm composure and listen patiently to the audio being played.
  • Take notes of every potential point of information in order to ensure clarity while answering questions.

The PTE Academic test comprises 3 different sections or parameters upon which the candidate’s proficiency in English is evaluated. These include:

Part 1: Speaking and Writing

Part 2: Reading

Part 3: Listening

PTE Academic 2020 Exam Pattern                 






Topics Covered


Part 1: Speaking and Writing


77 – 93 minutes

  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay        

Part 2: Reading


32 – 41 minutes

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Re-order paragraphs

Part 3: Listening


45 – 57 minutes

  • Summarise spoken text
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

PTE Academic 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Delhi New Delhi
Telangana Hyderabad
Punjab Jalandhar
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Uttar Pradesh Noida
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada

Documents Required at Exam

  • Valid passport

The result for the PTE Academic 2020 test is generally available within a week of the test day. The candidate will receive an email once the scores have been reported and he or she can view the test scores by logging on to their Pearson VUE account. The average time for availability of result is 5 days from the test day.

The candidate will also receive a mail in case there is a delay in the score report or the score is on hold.

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Questions related to PTE Academic

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what qualification is required for pte exam..? is ssc certificate is eligible...?

harshita sharan Student Expert 10th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

The PTE (Pearson Language Test) is an English language assessment test for non-native English speakers. PTE Exams are conducted throughout the year. There are no specific eligibility criteria related to academic qualification. However, candidates need to be at least 16 years of age before they appear for the PTE Academic test.

Good Luck


i have taken pte on feb14 2020 i got overall score 55 with no band lessthan 50, do i have chance to apply for canada for pg diploma

Sumit_1492180752 Student Expert 18th Mar, 2020


Your chances to get admission are very slim but people have got amission in these bands. You might have to give english proficiency exam in canada, you can give the exam again and try to aim overall score 7 and no less than 6.5.

Check out more here: https://studyabroad.careers360.com/country/canada .

Hope this helps,


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: http://www.northernc.on.ca/international-assessments/


sir my name is amritpal kaur ,i done master of arts in english in 2014,and 2015, i did bechlor of edu.(b-ed) with 60%,after that i have work exp.in primary school. i gave recently (pte) test in which i got ( S-7, W-6.5, R-6.5, l- 6 ) OL-6.5..I WANT TO APPLY spouse case tell me which uni. i can apply

Animesh Vats Student Expert 16th Mar, 2020


Well it depends on your priorities. You need to see which country suits you and which course if for you and then you wil look for faculty and then scholarship as well. You might also look for oher amneties and also the placement thing. After all these considerations, you will be able to select a university or college.

I hope my answer helps

All the best.

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