Exciting news for PTE test takers

There will be THREE changes as of 16 November 2021

There will be THREE changes as of 16 November 2021

1. A shorter test duration 

PTE Academic test duration is currently three hours. but that’s changing. From November this will be reduced to two hours!

Be rest assured that there will be no changes to the way that the test is scored or to the scores previously required by institutions and governments.

rest assured that the test will still provide an accurate assessment of their English language abilities. 

Still a globally recognised test: PTE Academic is still accepted by all the same institutions and governments for education or migration purposes as previously. 

The shorter version of PTE Academic will still test all four language skills and include the same 20 question types that currently feature.  

So, you will benefit from a shorter, less stressful experience on exam day. Any test taken from November 16th will automatically be the two-hour test.

2. Introducing PTE Academic Online 

Lockdowns and temporary test center closures have made sitting PTE Academic a challenge in some parts of the world over the last few months.

With that in mind, a new, online version of PTE Academic will be available from November 16th, as an additional option if your clients are unable to attend a test center. Test Bookings will be available on October 25th.

PTE Academic Online offers the same accuracy and reliability, but it’s far more accessible. You will be able to sit the test from the comfort of your own homes or a private location.

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Important information

• PTE Academic Online follows the new, shorter format of the main test. However, please note that the online version is only accepted for study applications, and you will need to check that it is accepted by your chosen institution. 

• PTE Academic Online is not accepted for visa applications. If you need to prove your level of English for a visa application, you will still need to sit PTE Academic in a test center. 

3. A more streamlined score report

The PTE Academic score report will be updated to make test results information clearer for your clients. From November 16th Enabling Skills will be removed from the score report and replaced with a separate skills profile designed to help you identify practical ways to improve your scores.

The report will still show your overall score, and communicative scores for each language skill.




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