Pearson Tests of English (PTE) PTE Academic is a computer-based test of English for studying abroad and immigration. The test is accredited by OFQUAL (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) International. The test, launched in 2009, was accepted as a proof of English-language proficiency for Australian student visas in 2011. Currently, PTE has been accepted as a proof of English language ability in all Australian universities.
Not only in Australia, PTE Academic is accepted by institutions of higher education across the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand.
The results of the Pearson Test are made available within five business days, the fastest score reporting among various English proficiency tests. PTE Academic offers a range of test preparation materials online, though it is better to receive face-to-face tuition for the best results.
PTE Academic is a three-hour test comprising three sections on Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening. There will be twenty different question formats, including multiple choice, essay writing and interpreting information.
Marks are awarded out of 90. A score of 65 proves that you have good language proficiency. A score of 51-57 is equal to 6.0 band in IELTS and 58-64 is equal to 6.5 band. Pearson Test can be taken on any working day convenient for the student. But candidates have to book minimum 48 hours in advance, in order to appear for the test. They can book 24 hours in advance, by paying a late fee. The results are sent to the candidates within five business days. But if they need to re-take the test, they have to wait for five days. Once they have received the results, they can upload the scorecard online along with the application for visa or university admission.
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