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5 tools to help you get a great score in PTE academic

Do you dream of studying abroad in 2021? Now is the perfect time to set goals and get ready for the year ahead. So why not focus on improving your English skills?  

Most students need to take an English test to study overseas. At PTE Academic, our language exams are recognized by the government and post-secondary institutions around the world. And we want to help you get the best score possible.  

That’s why in this blog, we’ll outline how to start preparing for the PTE exam to make your dreams of studying abroad come true.  


How can I prepare for PTE Academic?

PTE Academic takes three hours to complete. It assesses your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. You can learn more about our test format here.  

And, we’ve developed lots of great tools and resources to help you study, including PTE practice tests that feature retired PTE Academic exam questions.  

Here are five tools we recommend:  

1. The PTE Academic Official Practice App  

The PTE Academic Official Practice App is great for students who want to study on the go. The app includes lots of different interactive practice activities and gives you instant feedback on each answer. 

What’s more, the practice app creates a personalized study planner for you. This sends you daily suggestions for topics to study right up until your online English test – making sure you don’t miss anything important. 

The free practice app also provides detailed information on the exam format, exam procedure, and scoring. And, it includes useful “how-to guides” – which give tips on things like reading speed and difficult vocab – to help you get the best score.  

Download the app now on the App Store or Google Play. 


2. Free online courses

Do you learn better in a more structured environment? We also offer a range of free online courses to prepare for PTE Academic. These include:  

  • A featuring video guides and online practice, developed in partnership with E2Language. 

  • One month free access to and the option to sign up for different paid preparation classes – including live classes, tutorials, and writing and speaking assessment. 

  • A free 6-hour to practice your PTE Academic speaking skills, in partnership with Macquarie University in Australia. 

There are also dozens of exam preparation centers around the world to help you get ready to take the test. You can see the full list here. 


3. The PTE Academic Taster  

The PTE Academic Taster is a fun tool to try if you want to quickly understand what exam questions are like. Since there are five sample questions, it only takes a few minutes to complete.  

You practice things like fill in the blanks, multiple-choice, and reordering a paragraph – as well as listen to recordings to select incorrect or missing words. Listening to the recordings is especially great practice since you will be able to hear how fast each person speaks on the real exam.  

Of course, you’ll also get instant feedback to see if you made any mistakes.  


4. Our scored practice test

We always recommend taking an Official PTE Academic Scored Practice Test. These tests include questions and content used in past exams and follow the exact same timing and format as a real PTE Academic exam.  

Better yet, they’re scored. After completing the practice test, you get a Score Report delivered to you the next day – helping you understand what areas you need to improve on for exam day.  

You can choose from four different versions of the practice test, and each costs $35.99 USD.  

The Scored Practice Tests are also available in our preparations packages. Depending on what package you choose, you’ll get access to sample questions, our eBook, and our English booster. a digital application with hundreds of study activities and practice questions to prepare for PTE Academic. You can find more information about our packages here.  


5. Our handbook and Score Guide 

Finally, don’t forget to download our free PTE Academic Handbook and Score Guide.  

The handbook covers everything you need to know about taking PTE Academic – from how to prepare and test day policies, to how to retake your test if necessary.  

And, the PTE Score Guide helps you understand things like what you’re graded on, how automated scores work, and how our scores compare with those of other English language tests.  


Ready to achieve your goals in 2021?  

PTE is more than an English language test. It’s your ticket to studying abroad. And in 2021, we want to help you get there.