PTE Coaching

The PTE is one of the most accepted English proficiency tests. The test is used by embassies and employers in their candidate assessment processes. It is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for candidates wanting to study or immigrate abroad. The PTE score is accepted by various academic institutes worldwide including Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale University. A good PTE score can greatly improve your chances of success.


PTE (Pearson Test of English) is among the world’s leading providers of English language tests that are secure and effective in measuring English language skills. If you want to prove your proficiency in English work, migrate or study abroad, you can be one among the tens of thousands of individuals who put their trust in the PTE exam. Through PTE, you can migrate and find your opportunities for new experiences, careers, and other possibilities.

Advantages of PTE

There are distinct advantages to taking the PTE exam. Here they are:

  • Due to machine scoring, the scoring process is fast, accurate, and objective.
  • PTE is the premier computer-based test of the English language.
  • PTE tests ‘international’ English, not just American or British.
  • PTE offers practice tests so that you can build the utmost confidence to attend the test by preparing well.
  • PTE exam is convenient and is conducted at friendly test centers.
  • Your PTE scores can be sent for free as often as you like.

Structure of the PTE Academic test

The PTE Academic test measures your skills in the following aspects of the English language: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. The PTE exam is a single, short test.

PTE is a 2-hour computer-based test. In these 2 hours of the PTE Academic test, your abilities in listening, speaking, writing, and reading will be measured.

PTE gives you the facility of frequent test dates along with the availability of slots even at the last minute.

The test centers assigned for the PTE exam are friendly for the test-takers, giving them a pleasant experience writing the test. The test is conducted in a small, friendly test center facility. There won’t be more than 15 seats in every testing room.

Here’s a table that helps you understand the PTE test structure before you join PTE classes for coaching.

Skills Tested

Overview of the Section

Types of Question


Time taken: 45 and 57 minutes

Task: Answer a series of audio & video-based questions.

●       Summarize spoken text

●       Fill in the blanks

●       MCQs (single and multiple answers)

●       Highlight correct summary

●       Highlight incorrect words

●       Select missing word

●       writing dictation


Time taken: 32 to 40 minutes

Task: Complete objective exercises such as filling up blanks, MCQs, and paragraph sequencing of text

●       Re-order paragraphs

●       MCQs (single and multiple answers)

●       Reading and writing: Fill in the blanks

●       Reading: Fill in the blanks

Speaking and Writing

Time taken: 77 to 93 minutes

Task: Complete diverse tasks like reading aloud, introducing themselves, summarizing texts, describing images, writing an essay, and more.

●       Read aloud

●       Describe image

●       Repeat sentence

●       Retell structure

●       Summarize written text

●       Answer short question

●       Essay writing


How to prepare for the PTE Academic test

If you want to choose between the benefits of going for coaching with experts through PTE classes at an institute like Y-Axis and learning all by yourself, you have to consider the following points:

  • In case you have scored at a level with or higher than your own expectations in the PTE mock test, then planning to study at home could be a safe option.
  • If you can hold yourself responsible and accountable and maintain discipline throughout your preparation then you could either prepare for PTE at home or combine it with coaching for greater results.
  • If you are facing an absolute crunch of time owing to your university or college schedule then you may prepare at home. But if you can find time for coaching, join a service provider like Y-Axis for a customized training schedule and access to valuable test resources.
  • Ponder on your personal experience and if you have experienced better results with coaching, you better enroll in a PTE training institute like Y-Axis.
  • If you sense that your level of preparation is highly under the mark considering your basic skills in the English language then you must take up coaching.

How Y-Axis can help you

Y-Axis guides/counsels you with expert coaching for the PTE test through expert-driven PTE classes.

What is PTE General Test?

PTE General assesses the ability of a person to effectively communicate in the English language.

All 4 skills namely Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing are assessed.

Do note that the PTE General is not recognized for the purposes of immigration. For immigration, you will have to appear for PTE Academic instead, if required.

Is there a difference between PTE (General) and PTE Academic?

The main differences between the two are –


PTE General

PTE Academic

About the test

Formerly London Tests of English General.

Launched in 2009. Endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Who accepts?

Only a few countries accept.

Most universities accept for admission purposes.

Who should give this test?

Non-native speakers of English migrating to an English-speaking country.

Those who wish to apply for colleges or universities abroad.

Eligibility criterion

No age limit or specific qualification needed.

Age should be at least 18 years or above.

Exam Format

Mainly 2 sections – a written paper, and a spoken test.

Similar to the IELTS, there are 4 sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing

Validity of Score

Lifetime validity. PTE General certificates do not expire.

Valid for 2 years from date of issue of result.

When is the exam held?

Check here for the upcoming test dates.

Held in 200+ locations globally, more than 360 days a year.

Who conducts the test?

By Pearson in partnership with Edexcel Limited.

By Pearson Language Tests. Endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

What is PTE Young Learners?

PTE Young Learners is an English language assessment test for students between the ages of 6 to 13. Accredited by Pearson Edexcel, it assesses the English language in a stress-free and fun way.

Do note that the PTE Young Learners is not recognized for the purposes of immigration.

Why is the PTE considered a ‘quick’ test?

PTE Academic is considered a quick test as the test results are delivered within 5 business days.

What is the pass mark for PTE?

As such, there is no “pass mark” per se. You are awarded points based on your ability to use the English language.

PTE Academic measures the ability to use English in academic settings.

The score report has an overall score, from 10 to 90 points.

Separate scores are also given between 10 to 90 to each of the skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.

The PTE score that you should be aiming at will depend upon the course that you are applying for.

Generally, the following are required:

  • For UK Tier 4 visas for students wishing to study below degree level: PTE of at least 36
  • For UK Tier 4 visas for students wishing to study at or above degree level: PTE of at least 51

Do keep in mind that if you wish to pursue your studies at any higher education institution of the UK, either at the degree level or above, the concerned university will be the deciding factor for the PTE score that will be required.

Usually, the following have been seen to be needed for admission to universities in the UK:

  • For MBA: minimum PTE between 59 to 69
  • For postgraduate studies: minimum PTE between 57 to 67
  • For undergraduate studies: minimum PTE between 51 to 61
What is the average score in PTE?

As the PTE requirement depends upon the purpose of taking the exam, there is no average PTE score as such.

The overall score in PTE Academic is a combination of the scores achieved in all the 4 individual skills, and not the average of the scores.

As per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), the PTE score ranges as per proficiency levels are:

CEF Level Proficiency Level  PTE Academic score range 
A2  Basic User  24 to 42
B1  Independent User  36 to 58
B2 Independent User  51 to 75
C1 Proficient User  67 to 84
C2  Proficient User 80+

The CEF is used as a benchmark for reference to understand scores in any language qualification exam.

How many questions are there in PTE?

Candidates taking the test will have to answer 20 different question formats which includes multiple choice questions, essay questions and questions that involve interpreting information. The test intends to test real-life and academic English of candidates, so, they are asked to listen to excerpts from lectures and look at charts and graphs.

PTE General

The test has 2 parts:

  • A written paper
  • A spoken test

PTE General assesses the ability of the test taker for communicating in the English language in everyday situations.

A scenario-based English language test, PTE General uses real-life tasks and materials for assessing how well can the test takers express themselves in everyday situations.

PTE Academic

For appearing for the PTE Academic, you will be assigned a computer and a headset at any of the test centres of Pearson.

Total duration of the test: 3 hours, in one sitting

Parts of the test:

Part of the Test Duration 
Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)
Part 2: Reading (32 – 40 minutes)
Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 minutes)

A 10-minute break, optional, can be taken between the reading and listening parts.

20 different question formats are in the PTE Academic. Questions asked range from multiple choice questions on one hand, to interpreting information and essay writing on the other.

What is the validity of PTE test?

The validity of PTE General and PTE Academic differ.

PTE General certificates do not have any expiration date.

PTE Academic scores are valid for 2 years from the date that the result has been issued.

What is a good score in PTE?

PTE Academic scores that you should aim for depends upon the university that you are hoping to get into.

For example, here are the PTE scores accepted by some well-known universities:

Name of Course Institution  Location PTE required 
Computer Science MSc Middlesex University London  London, U.K. 58
Master of Data Science The University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 61
MSc in Computer Science  McMaster University  Hamilton, Canada 60
Master of Science in Information
Technology Management
Golden Gate University San Francisco, U.S.A. 57

Always check with the official website of the educational institution that you are planning to gain admission into. Take note of the PTE scores required for your intended intake. Plan accordingly.

What is the minimum score required for PTE?

There’s no such thing as a minimum score.

You will have to check directly with the institution that you are applying to.

PTE Academic scores are also accepted for the purposes of immigrating to Australia and New Zealand. Do note that PTE General is not recognized for immigration purposes.

For the purposes of Australia immigration, while the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is more popular, PTE Academic scores are also accepted.

As there are many visa pathways that lead to Australia immigration, the PTE Academic scores required will vary from case to case.

Generally, while some require a minimum PTE of 50 in each of the 4 components of the test, in certain cases a minimum of 65 in each of the 4 components might be needed.

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