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Covid-19: Information for PTE Academic test takers and institutions

Updated November 25, 2021

As efforts to control the Coronavirus outbreak continue, Pearson’s primary focus is on ensuring the health and safety of PTE Academic test takers, our employees, and test center administrators. 

We continue to monitor the global situation daily and are actively following advice from governments and healthcare authorities. 

Resuming testing

All countries have resumed testing except for those listed below:


  • Afghanistan

  • Albania

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Croatia

  • Latvia

  • Senegal

  • Sierra Leone

Check if a test center is open or closed

We have reduced the number of test takers in each session to protect test takers and test center administrators, to comply with official requirements.

(Note: as requirements are changing quickly, testing may be suspended in some locations at short notice. We will provide updates as quickly as possible, but this list may not be exhaustive.

Before your appointment

  • If you are unwell or exhibiting symptoms such as fever and/or respiratory difficulties, it is important that you do not attend your testing appointment and cancel or reschedule it in advance

  • Check your Government’s official advice if you think you may be subject to travel restrictions. We recommend you do this before booking or traveling for a test

  • In some locations it may be mandatory to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (coronavirus) unless you have a medical exemption. It is important that you understand vaccination requirements in your location before attending your PTE test appointment to avoid being refused entry to the test center

  • If you think your test center location may be closed or at risk of closing please actively monitor your email account as you should automatically be sent a cancellation notice in advance.

Attending your appointment – health & safety

  • You must wear a face mask at all times during your test appointment. Read more about the use of face masks in our test centers.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival at the test


  • Please cover your nose and mouth in case of sneezing or coughing.

  • You will be asked to acknowledge that you have not been in contact with any affected persons and that you are not exhibiting any symptoms.

  • Some test centers may require candidates to provide a temperature check upon arrival.

  • You will be allowed to wear disposable gloves during the test. However, these gloves will be examined both before and after the test.

Cancellation and rescheduling your test appointment

  • If Pearson is required to suspend tests at a test center, we will email all test takers with an appointment a cancellation notice

  • Test takers who paid by credit or debit card will be automatically refunded their test fees

  • Test takers who booked using a voucher will be able to book an alternative appointment using the same code when appointments are available.

  • Check the update for candidates on the rescheduling of appointments here.

Need further help? Check our Vue Test Center FAQs


Meanwhile, why not stay prepared for your exam?

  1. Wondering what to expect from your test? Get familiar with the test format and question types using our Preparation Pathway, with videos and examples of every question.

  2. Once you you are familiar, join our free course, Introduction to PTE Academic. In just a few hours, you will develop a better understanding of PTE Academic with guided learning and advice to help you build exam confidence.

  3. Feeling more confident? Take a Scored Practice Test, which reproduces the test conditions and gives you a good idea of how you might perform on test day. Give yourself 3 hours with no interruptions, set up your headset properly, and go for it!

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