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PTE Syllabus

Written by  Rachit Agrawal

Reviewed by  Priyanka Bhargava

Published: Mon, September 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  Updated: Mon, September 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  9 mins read

PTE Syllabus

Written by  Rachit Agrawal

Reviewed by  Priyanka Bhargava

Published: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  Updated: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  9 mins read

PTE Syllabus 

Candidates who wish to do well on their PTE Examination should familiarize themselves with the most recent PTE syllabus 2022. The following PTE Exam curriculum is for candidates who are planning to take their next PTE Exam. PTE stands for Pearson Exam of English, and PTE-Academic stands for Pearson Test of English Academic. PTE-Academic is an English test taken by students and hopefuls who want to study or apply for citizenship to a major English-speaking nation. To demonstrate their English language proficiency, students must take the PTE test.

PTE exam syllabus

The following PTE Exam curriculum is for candidates who are planning to take their next PTE Exam. The PTE Academic test course is broken down into three sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening.

Speaking Syllabus

As the name says, this portion assesses the candidate's communication abilities, including their oral and written abilities. This component is divided into six short pieces that assess your swiftness in speaking and writing the written exam, which you will be reading for the first time.

Following are a few topics that can be discussed in PTE speaking sections:

  • Personal Introduction
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat Sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short questions
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay writing

Reading Syllabus

This portion assesses the applicants' ability to comprehend detailed instructions in the target language. The portion is 29 to 30 minutes long, broken into 5 chunks.

Following are a few topics that can be discussed in PTE reading:

  • Multiple choices, objective questions single answer
  • Multiple choice questions, multiple answers
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks

Listening Syllabus

The PTE Academic's hearing component takes between 30 and 43 minutes to complete. This one is meant to test the candidate's ability to hear spoken English. The learner must ensure that they closely listen to the audio clip being played and recall what they hear.

Following are a few topics that can be discussed in the PTE listening sections:

  • The gist of spoken text
  • Multiple choice questions, choose multiple answers
  • Highlighting correct summary
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Editing & Omission
  • Writing from dictation

PTE exam pattern

The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) evaluates applicants' writing and spoken abilities to verify that they are capable of learning in an international setting and have a strong command of the global language of English.

The PTE Academic Exam is graded on a scale of 10 to 90, with 10 being the lowest and 1 being the highest. The score, which is based on a scale, demonstrates a person's ability to read, talk, interpret verbal directions, and write in English. 

The following table shows the format of the PTE exam:

Speaking and Writing 

54 - 67 minutes

Reading Section

29 - 30 mins


30 - 43 minutes

PTE General Syllabus

PTE General is designed to reward successful achievement in the learning of English. An exam is an evaluation tool as it is meant for English-speaking learners of other languages (ESOL).

PTE General syllabus combines all four skills (listening, hearing, speaking and writing) and focuses on determining the ability to communicate in English rather than on measuring abilities.

  • Accepted by hundreds of schools, universities and government agencies around the world.
  •  Tests real-world English skills, using the type of language you may hear in a classroom or social environment. 
  • The test format helps you to articulate yourself and show your abilities through common scenario-based tasks such as writing messages, reading newspaper articles, or engaging in news stories.
  • Levels 4 and 5 are recognized for admission to UK universities and by many international companies

PTE Academic Syllabus

You will need to visit a safe Pearson Test Center to pass a PTE Academic Exam. You'll use a monitor and a microphone to listen to, read, and answer questions. There are three main parts to the PTE academic syllabus during the three-hour test session: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There is also an optional 10-minute pause from reading and listening. During the study, you can find twenty different question types, ranging from multiple choices to essay writing and analyzing details.

    • Assess real-life academic English
    • Hear excerpts from lectures
    • View visuals and charts
    • Distinguish among accents


Que. Why is it necessary to take the PTE Academic test?

Ans. The PTE Academic exam is an English language proficiency test that assesses the test taker's reading, composing, speaking, and listening skills.

Que. Can I use a pen and paper in PTE?

Ans. You are not permitted to bring any items inside the PTE Academic Exam Room. This is because exam centres offer you everything you need, including computer equipment and a notebook.

Que. Can I take the PTE Academic exam several times?

Ans. There is no limit to how many times a student may take the PTE Academic test. They are, however, obliged to retain a five-day interval between two PTE test dates

About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

author • MBA • 2 years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.