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PTE Academic Online: Test your English proficiency at home

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We are excited to announce the launch of PTE Academic Online. Our new remote language test is for people who want to prove their level of English for academic and professional purposes, and want to sit a language test without traveling to an official test center. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • You can sit PTE Academic Online in just two hours from the comfort of your own home, or in another convenient location. All you need is a good internet connection, a computer with a webcam, a wired headset – and some peace and quiet!

  • Just like the regular PTE Academic, the online test has the same 20 question types and 52 questions.  

Learn more about the new shorter format PTE Academic.

  • The test uses secure technology and a remote proctor. This makes sure your score is reliable and trustworthy.

  • Your official Score Report will prove your speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills to education institutions and employers. 

It is important to note that while the test is identical in format to PTE Academic taken in a test center, it is not currently valid for visa or migration purposes.

Also, institutions who accept PTE Academic do not automatically accept PTE Academic Online, so check whether your preferred institution accepts PTE Academic Online. In those cases, you must take PTE Academic in an approved test center. 

Who is PTE Academic Online for? 

You can take PTE Academic Online if you need to prove your level of English to study a course in English abroad.  

We recommend our new online test if traveling to a local test center isn’t feasible. As we previously noted, do not take the PTE Academic Online if you need a PTE score for immigration or visa purposes (in that case, you will need to take PTE Academic at an official test center).  

Why have we released PTE Academic Online? 

Recently, due to COVID restrictions, traveling has been a challenge for people all over the world. Even taking PTE Academic in a local test center has sometimes been impossible. Many people have had to change their plans or postpone their education for this reason.  

We don’t think this is fair – that’s why we wanted to create a more accessible, flexible test for PTE Academic candidates like you. This way, you can keep working towards your goals, even if travel is disrupted.  

Some other frequently asked questions about PTE Academic Online 

Will PTE Academic Online be available globally?  

Yes, the remotely proctored test will be available globally, although the test cannot currently be taken within Iran or Cuba. The test will be available in China in 2022. 

Most locations where there are existing test centers will also have an Online option. 

Is PTE Academic Online recognized by the same education institutions? 

Many of the same institutions accept PTE Academic Online – and the list is always growing. We are actively working with universities and colleges towards recognition of the remote proctored test.  

Check to see if your institution of choice accepts PTE Academic Online.

Will you introduce a remote proctored version of PTE Home? 

Currently, we are not able to launch PTE Home Online because PTE Home is only used for UK immigration purposes. Releasing an online version of PTE Home will be driven by UK government recognition. 

How do I book PTE Academic Online? 

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Are you ready to take PTE Academic Online? 

Check the PTE Academic Online page for details on taking the test and booking information.