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PTE Academic Online

Secure English testing at home

PTE Academic Online

Secure English testing at home

Secure, accurate English tests at home

PTE Academic Online is a reliable English test for test takers who can't reach a test center – with no compromise on test quality or security.


PTE Academic Online combines accurate and reliable English testing with best-in-class security. Whether your students are dealing with ongoing lockdowns or struggling with long distances to get to a test center, PTE Academic Online can help.

Test takers take the same test, but from the comfort of their home – or in any other quiet, private location.

The test combines a live proctor with AI monitoring to ensure that scores are genuine.

About our security

We use a combination of human and machine monitoring to check for suspicious behaviours, and have a dedicated team ready to investigate any unusual test activity.

ID checks

Test takers must submit a photo of their government-issued ID (eg, passport, driver's license). This is checked by a 'greeter' as well as AI, to verify identity.

Live proctor

A live proctor monitors the entire test session for any suspicious behaviour – including movement outside the camera view or if more than one person is present. 

Locked browser

The test is taken in a locked browser that prevents test takers from navigating away from the window or opening new tabs.

AI monitoring

In addition to being monitored by a webcam and live proctor, AI monitoring provides an additional layer of security.

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Powered by Pearson's OnVUE technology

PTE Academic Online uses industry-leading remote proctoring technology, which is trusted around the world to deliver high-stakes tests at home.

Our dedicated security team is the largest and most experienced in the industry, composed of certified fraud experts and cybersecurity professionals.

Plus, our robust web monitoring tools lead the competition, adding an extra layer of protection to online exam delivery.

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About PTE Academic

PTE Academic Online uses the same test format as PTE Academic, trusted by over 3,000 institutions worldwide.

  • Measures reading, listening, writing, and speaking

  • Measures skills via computer – no interview or handwriting required

  • The test is completed in just two hours*

  • Results are typically available within 48 hours.

*From November 16, we are improving PTE Academic by reducing it from a three-hour test to a two-hour test.


The test taker experience

Candidates require only a few common tools to take an OnVUE online proctored exam:

  • A Windows or Mac computer that meets system requirements

  • A reliable internet connection

  • A webcam

  • A wired headset

Why choose PTE Academic Online?

Live proctor

Same high-quality test as PTE Academic

AI monitoring

Webcam recording

Results typically in 48 hours

Frequent test dates

Start using PTE Academic Online at your institution today


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