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PTE Tip #1: New Partnership With Pearson Test Of English, Academic

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on June 3, 2011

Strictly English proudly announces its partnership with the Pearson Test of English, Academic (or PTE Academic). For over seven years, we have been developing proven techniques for doing well on the TOEFL. Now, we’re applying our expertise to help students excel on PTE Academic.

PTE Academic tests your English ability in real-life situations. The test has three main sections, and twenty different types of tasks. Some tasks test multiple skills at the same time, for example, reading and speaking. PTE Academic also has an introduction section, so you can tell the institutions receiving your scores a little bit about yourself. The introduction is not assessed by Pearson.

This is the order of the sections, and the general time limits for each. Test is always three hours in total, although the exact timing of each section varies.

Introduction: untimed, unassessed
Speaking & Writing: 77 – 93 minutes
Reading: 32 – 44 minutes
Break (10 minutes, optional)
Listening: 45 – 57 minutes

Some of the benefits of PTE Academic include:

• The test is only three hours.
• You get your scores online, usually within 5 business days after taking the test.
• You can send your scores to institutions electronically.
• You can choose where to send your scores after you’ve seen them.
• You can register for the exam 48 hours before you take it.

While there is much to commend about PTE Academic, be sure to consider these factors as well:

• The institution you’re applying to might not accept PTE Academic scores – yet!
• PTE Academic tests your general English ability, but some say that the TOEFL is still a better measure of your readiness to do college-level work in English. If the institution you’re applying to requires a high TOEFL score (100 or higher), you might need to focus on the college-specific types of tasks that the TOEFL tests.

As always, students need to learn about all of their options, and make their own decision about which test will best serve their needs. If the Pearson Test of English, Academic is right for you, Strictly English can help you prepare for the exam!

Categories: Non-TOEFL English Proficiency Exams

3 comments so far. Leave a comment.

  1. kalamworld

    wrote on July 15, 2011 at 3:57 am

    It’s great that you have published such knowledge. I just hope these are all reliable. It would be better if you also include in your page the references that you are using. Thanks!

  2. Strictly English TOEFL Tutors

    wrote on July 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm


    Thank you for your comment. We strive to be as accurate as possible in our information. Could you be more specific about your suggestion for including reference?

    Thank you,
    Strictly English

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