About The Test

About the Test

PTE Academic is tested via computer and headset in a single 2 hour and 15 minute session and aims to assess the real-life academic English ability of a candidate. 

There are twenty different question format including multiple choice, essay writing and interpreting information. Audio and visual components will integrated into test questions such as lecture excerpts and graphs. 

You can best prepare for the test via Pearson's free preparation materials here.

What is the PTE Academic test fee?

PTE Academic in New Zealand is NZ$385.  For late bookings (within 48 hours of the test date) the fee is NZ$481.25

Test Format

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

54 – 67 minutes

Part 2: Reading

29 – 30 minutes

Part 3: Reading

30 – 43 minutes

Personal introduction

Multiple choice – single

Summarise spoken text

Read aloud

Multiple choice – multiple

Multiple choice – multiple

Repeat sentence

Re-order paragraphs

Fill in the blanks

Describe image

Reading: Fill in the blanks

Highlight correct summary

Re-tell lecture

Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

Multiple choice – single

Answer short question


Select missing word

Summarise written text


Highlight incorrect words

Essay (20 mins)


Write from dictation

For more information or preparation resources, please visit Pearson.


PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English. This guide gives an indication of how tests are scored and how it aligns with other English language test scores. 

For more information about PTE scoring, please visit Pearson.


PTE Academic scores are accepted by key universities in New Zealand including the University of Auckland. The New Zealand government also accepts PTE Academic scores for visa purposes. 

Please visit the Pearson website for a full list.