PTE Exam Syllabus: Section-Wise and Exam Pattern

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PTE Exam Syllabus
PTE Exam Syllabus

The PTE exam syllabus or the Pearson Language Test (academic)  is conducted every year to assess the overall proficiency of an applicant in the English Language. The exam primarily aims at gauging the candidates’  English speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills.  Partaking in the said examination can hone one’s English language skills and groom them for an international environment. This exam is accepted by academic institutions across the globe.

Full Exam Name Pearson Test of English Academic
Conducting Body Pearson PLC Group
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Duration 2 Hours
Fees 15,900 INR

About the PTE Exam 

Students aspiring to study or relocate to a predominantly English-speaking nation are required to apply for the  PTE academic exam. Conducted by Pearson PLC group, this computer-based test is accepted by various nations across the globe. The PTE exam can serve as a testament to applicants’ English-speaking competency and can help students by: 

  • Reassuring the admission committee/ visa officers about the applicant’s calibre regarding their proficiency in the English Language. 
  • A decent PTE score primarily insinuates that the applicant will be able to represent their ideas, deliver presentations, work to gain international exposure, and function on the international front.

Must Read: PTE Registration Process 2023

PTE Exam Syllabus 2023

In order to ace any given examination, it is imperative for applicants to get acquainted with the latest syllabus. Keeping abreast of the ins and outs of a syllabus can help candidates create a feasible blueprint to prepare for the examination. The details of the PTE exam syllabus are discussed below:

PTE Section PTE Exam Syllabus Total Questions and Duration
Speaking & Writing Personal Introduction
Read Aloud
Repeat Sentence
Describe Image
Re-Tell Lecture
Answer Short Questions
Summarize Written Text
No. of Questions: 28 – 36

Duration: 54 – 67 minutes

Reading Section Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers 
Re-Order Paragraphs
Fill in the Blanks 
No. of Questions: 13 – 18

Duration: 29 – 30 minutes

Listening Section Summarize Spoken Text
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer
Fill in the Blanks 
Highlight Correct Summary
Multiple Choice, Single Answer 
Select Missing Word
Highlight Incorrect Words 
Write From Dictation
No. of Questions: 12 – 20

Duration: 30 – 43 minutes

Note: The number of questions has dropped to 52-64 from 70-82.

The PTE exam syllabus 2023 is expected to be demarcated into three major sections, i.e., ‘Speaking & Writing’, ‘Reading’ and ‘Listening’. Detailed description for each section is as follows:

Speaking & Writing Section 

This section is primarily conducted to gauge the speaking and writing capabilities of candidates and is segregated into 7 smaller sections, with each section assessing the applicants’ promptness in speaking and writing. This section is typically the longest. The following table contains details regarding the section:

Segments Pattern Time Duration
Personal Introduction           55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record
Read Aloud 30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words
Repeat Sentence 15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record
Describe Image 25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same
Re-Tell Lecture 90 seconds for the prompt, 10 seconds to prepare and 40 seconds to answer
Answer Short Question 20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer
Summarize Written Text 10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words
Essay 20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences

Reading Section

The Reading section in the PTE exam is primarily conducted to assess the applicant’s understanding of the written instructions (in English) with the help of five major sections. The following table contains details regarding the section:

Segments Pattern Task
Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer Read 300 words of text
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers Read 300 words of text
Re-Order Paragraphs Read 150 words of text
Reading: Fill in the Blanks Read 80 words of text
Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks Read 300 words of text

Listening Section 

Conducted for 30 to 43 minutes, the listening section of the PTE exam is premeditated to gauge the applicants’ ability to grasp and comprehend spoken English. In this section, candidates are required to carefully listen to the audio (being played) and comprehend it accordingly. The following table contains details regarding the section:

Segments Pattern Time Duration
Summarize Spoken Text 60-90 seconds to retain  50-70 words, 10 minutes to write
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers 40-90 seconds for prompts
Fill in the Blanks 30-60 seconds
Highlight Correct Summary 30-90 seconds
Multiple Choice, Single Answer 30-60 seconds
Select Missing Word 20-70 seconds
Highlight Incorrect Words 15-50 seconds
Write From Dictation 3-5 seconds

PTE Exam Pattern 2023

Adhering to a set pattern for any given examination can help candidates create a viable plan for their exam preparation. Being acquainted with a fixed exam pattern can give applicants a viable preparation window for preparing for the said exam. The detailed exam pattern is as follows:

Particulars Details
PTE Duration 2 hours and a single test session
Medium Computer-based with headset
Mode Conducted in a test centre/home edition
Test Type Assesses real-life English


What is the validity of PTE test scores?

PTE exam scores have a validity of two years.  

How many times can I appear for the PTE Academic Exam?

Candidates may appear for the PTE exam as many times as they want. However, applicants are required to appear for the said exam with a gap of 5 days. 

Why are applicants required to take the PTE academic test? 

Aspirants prospecting to study or relocate abroad  (English-speaking countries) are required to partake in the said exam. This test is primarily conducted for evaluating the proficiency of candidates in the  English language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening capabilities). 

English language certifications are instrumental in securing admission to leading universities with high scores increasing your chances of admission. Hope you understand the PTE exam syllabus through this blog. Build a plan with Leverage Edu‘s Leverage Live classes and our top trainers to get closer to a spot in your dream college. For any help with your PTE preparation or study abroad journey, you can reach out to us at 1800-572-000.

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