What is the test experience like?
PTE Academic is taken on a computer at one of our test centers, where there are usually about 10–15 people taking their test together. You will need to arrive half an hour before your test to check-in securely and get ready for your test.
Find out what it's like to visit a Pearson VUE test center.
1. When you arrive
When you arrive at your Pearson test center you will be greeted by one of our friendly Test Center Administrators. They will guide you through our check-in process to make sure you understand and are comfortable with our rules and procedures.
To verify your identity, they will:
request to see your ID
take a digital photograph of you
ask for your digital signature
scan your palm
Once complete, they will provide you with a locker for your personal belongings, and ensure you are ready for your test.
2. During the test
One of our Test Center Administrators will guide you to your test seat in a partitioned booth, which will have a computer, keyboard, audio headset, and chair.
Most of our test centers are small, with around 10 seats in each center. There may be other test takers in nearby booths – and you may be able to hear your neighbors speak as they take their test. Don’t worry – our microphones won’t pick up what they are saying, and you will be responding to different questions, so this won’t affect your test result.
Your computer will use a QWERTY keyboard; if you are not used to this type of keyboard, we recommend that you practice with one before your test day.
You will have three hours to complete the test, and you be allowed a 10-minute break between parts two and three of the test, if you would like it.
Our PTE tests are taken in a highly secure test center, so it’s very important that we verify the identity of all of our test takers.
When you arrive to take your test, you must provide an acceptable identification document (ID).
In most cases, this ID will usually be your passport. If you do not have a passport, you may be able to use an alternative depending on your chosen PTE test.
Choose a test type below for more information, or check our ID rules.
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Test day checklist
Getting ready for your test day? Don’t forget the following:
✔ Make sure you bring acceptable ID – this is usually your passport. Without it, you can’t take your test.
✔ Arrive at least 30 minutes before your test, to check in and pass security
✔ Double check that your test booking is identical to the name in your ID; contact customer support if you have any issues