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Pearson Test of English Academic - PTE Academic


PTE Academic: Fast, secure English language testing

PTE Academic is the world's leading computer-based test of English for international study and migration.

Why PTE Academic?

  • Accepted Worldwide

    PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of universities and colleges worldwide as proof of English proficiency, as well as by the Australian government for visa applications.

    Find out more about who accepts PTE Academic and how it can help you study or move abroad on the official PTE Academic website.
  • Fast Results

    PTE Academic delivers fast, accurate, objective results. With PTE Academic, results are typically available within five business days.

  • Flexible test dates

    PTE Academic offers flexible test sessions, at times and dates that suit you.

Test format/content

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single three hour test session.

During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

Test Format Duration
Speaking & Writing 77 - 93 minutes
Reading 32 - 41 minutes
Listening 45 - 57 minutes

At the UNSW Global Pearson Test Centre tests are available mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday to Sunday each week.

Test day

On test day arrive at least 30 minutes before your test, to check in and pass security. Don't forget to bring your passport. If you arrive more than 15 minutes later than the scheduled starting time of your test, you will not be allowed to sit the test, and you will lose your test fee.

Please check your official test confirmation email for your test session times.

Before your test our test administrator will ask to see your valid passport, ask for a digital photograph and signature, scan your palm, assign you a locker to check-in your belongings and ensure you are ready for your test. You will be taken in to a secure computer room to sit your test.

During the test you will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.


The UNSW Global Pearson Test Centre is located at:

Shop 1, Unilodge, 159-171 Anzac Parade, Kensington, 2033

Directions: The UNSW Global Pearson Test Centre is 20 minutes from the City by bus. There are frequent buses along Anzac Parade.

If travelling from the city by bus, get off at the bus stop on Anzac Parade opposite Unilodge just before Doncaster Ave. Walk across Anzac Parade to Unilodge.

Buses from the city:

  • Route 391/393/395/M10 from Central Station/Railway Square
  • Route 392/396/397/399/M10 from Circular Quay Station/Oxford Street
For more information about your public transport options, and to plan your trip, go to https://transportnsw.info/trip#/

Limited parking is available in nearby streets.

Public transport is the most convenient and efficient way to arrive.


Results are typically available within five business days after the test date.

PTE Academic scores are accessed via an online account. You will receive an email notifying you once your scores are available. After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that you created to book your test to view your test results.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the test please go to the FAQs section of the Pearson website:



To improve your PTE Academic results, preparation is key.

At UNSW Global we offer PTE Academic test preparation courses.

Pearson Test of English Academic Preparation

We also recommend the online scored practice test: a three-hour online mock test which gives you an indicative PTE Academic score. Find out more about the PTE Academic scored practice test.



In Australia, PTE Academic costs: $340 AUD

Note, for bookings within 48 hours of the test date, a late fee of $82.50 AUD will be applied.


PTE Academic can be booked online. You must create a Pearson account in order to book and schedule your test. Visit the Pearson website now to get started .

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Find out more about PTE Academic at the official Pearson website.