PTE Preparation at Home

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Pearson Test of English which is also known as the PTE examination is an English Language exam for candidates who are applying for universities or countries outside India that use English as the primary source of teaching. Candidates who are applying for this exam will be happy to know that the conducting body of the PTE exam, Pearson PLC also allows taking the exam at home through its initiative called PTE at home.


In this article, the candidates will get complete information about the PTE exam including the syllabus, our tips on PTE preparation at home, the duration of the exam, the mode of examination, etc.

Exam NamePearson Test of English Academic
Conducting BodyPearson PLC Group
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam ModeOnline
Duration of Exam2 hours

Preparation Tips for Reading, Listening Speaking and Writing 

In order to prepare properly for the PTE exam candidates need to prepare according to the syllabus. The preparation tips are mentioned below:

For Speaking

  • Make sure that the pronunciation of words is clear and avoid hesitation
  • Do not spend too much time correcting your speech or rhetoric mistakes.
  • Try to speak aloud at home with different kinds of exercises
  • Do not hurry while doing speaking exercises.

For Listening

  • Candidates must practice listening sections from audio exercises
  • Take notes on every important topic to ensure clarity while answering.
  • Maintain a calm posture while listening to the audio exercises.

For Writing

  • Practice writing essays on various topics in a limited amount of time.
  • Always try to write essays in a prescribed format or word limit.
  • Avoid using repetitive words or sentences and use crystal clear vocabulary

For Reading

  • Manage your time properly while doing reading exercises as the number of questions on this is greater than the other sections.
  • You must read and re-read each question carefully before attempting any answer
  • Practice as many sample papers and questions paper as possible.

PTE Preparation at Home Tips

If you are worried about how to prepare for the PTE exam at home then we have you covered. Read on for our tips for PTE preparation at home:

  • Create a timetable for the exam
  • Decide a dedicated time and place for studying
  • Get acquainted with the exam format
  • Be well-versed with the exam and its rules and regulations
  • Try to remove silly mistakes from your preparation
  • Work on your spelling mistakes to avoid unnecessary loss of marks. This can be done by being ultra-careful while writing and inculcating the habit of proofreading.
  • Work on your pronunciation at home and keep practising. 
  • Prepare a strategy according to your goals and objectives. 
  • Practice sample papers and previous years’ question papers
  • Use study material recommended by the conducting body. 
  • Do not leave doubts for the last moment and clear them as and when they arise. 
  • Take the help of books, online resources etc.
  • Create notes while you are preparing
  • Make sure to revise whatever you have learnt.

Books for PTE Preparation at Home

The importance of quality study material cannot be emphasised enough. Accordingly, for the aid of candidates preparing for the PTE exam, here is a list of recommended books:  

  • PTE Academic Official Vocabulary 2020-2021
  • Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2
  • The Official Guide to PTE Academic
  • A Masterpiece Of Essays 3
  • Wiley’s PTE Advantage for Academic Module
  • VOLUME 2 of  Practice Test Plus of Pearson Test OF English Academic– VOLUME 2
  • Pearson Test of English Academic Practice Tests Plus And CD-ROM Without Key Pack
  •  Volume 1 of PTE Academic Practice Tests Plus 

PTE Exam Syllabus 2023

PTE Exam syllabus is divided into 3 parts which are: Speaking and Writing, Reading and Listening. The entire syllabus for PTE Exam 2023 is mentioned below:

ListeningMultiple-choice, choose multiple answers
Highlight correct summary
Fill in the blanks
Highlight incorrect words
Write from dictation
Select missing word
Speaking and WritingRead aloud
Describe image
Personal introduction
Answer Short Questions
Essay writing
Summarize written text
Reading Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
Fill in the blanks
Multiple choice, choose a single answer
Re-order Paragraphs
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks

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PTE Exam Pattern 2023

The PTE exam pattern 2023 is mentioned below:

SectionsTime Allotted
Speaking and Writing54-67 minutes
Reading29-30 minutes
Listening30-43 minutes

Note: The authorities will eliminate 10 minutes break from the duration of exam.

PTE Reading Pattern

The pattern for the reading section is mentioned in the below table:

PatternTime DurationNumber of questions 
Multiple Choice, Choose Single AnswerRead 300 words of text1 to 2
Re-Order ParagraphsRead 150 words of text2 to 3
Reading and Writing: Fill in the BlanksReading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks5 to 6
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple AnswersRead 300 words of text1 to 2
Reading: Fill in the BlanksRead 80 words of text4 to 5

PTE Speaking and Writing Pattern

The pattern for the speaking and writing section is mentioned in the below table:

Pattern Time DurationNumber of questions 
Personal IntroductionTotal 55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record1
Repeat SentenceTotal 15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record10 to 12
Re-Tell LectureTotal 90 seconds for prompt length, 10 seconds to prepare, and 40 seconds to answer1 to 2
Read AloudTotal 30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words6 to 7
Describe ImageTotal 25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same3 to 4
EssayTotal 20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences1 to 2
Answer Short QuestionTotal 20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer5 to 6
Summarize Written TextTotal 10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words1 to 2

PTE Listening Pattern

The pattern for the listening section is mentioned in the below table:

PatternTime DurationNumber of questions 
Summarize Spoken Text60-90 seconds to retain 50-70 words, 10 minutes to write1 to 2
Fill in the Blanks30-60 seconds2 to 3
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer40-90 seconds for prompt1 to 2
Highlight Correct Summary30-90 seconds1 to 2
Select Missing Word20-70 seconds1 to 2
Write From Dictation3-5 seconds3 to 4
Multiple Choice, Single Answer30-60 seconds1 to 2

Note: The number of questions will be reduced from 52-64 to 70-82


Which part of PTE is most difficult?

While many consider reading to be the most challenging part of the exam, one can easily overcome it with preparation. 

What is the duration of the PTE exam?

The PTE exam is for a total of two hours. 

What is the difference between IELTS and PTE?

While both are English language proficiency tests, IELTS  is paper-based and scored on a scale of one to nine whereas PTE  is computer based scored on a scale of ten to ninety.

We hope that we were able to provide you with the relevant information for the PTE exam and its preparation at home. You can further connect with Leverage Edu for PTE preparation and for total assistance in your study abroad plan.

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