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PTE Academic

A guide to the test and its format.

PTE Academic

A guide to the test and its format.

Part 2: Reading

This part of the test is 32–40 minutes long and it contains five different question types. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skills test, one item type ('Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks') also assesses writing skills.

Understand each question type

Use the menu to learn about the question types and how to answer each one.



Text appears on-screen with several gaps. Drag words from a box below to fill the gaps.

Prompt Length

Text up to 300 words

Skills Assessed


Time to Answer

Not applicable

How to answer this question

For this item type, you need to select the most appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore the text.

There is a passage with some missing words. Beside each gap, there is a button with a drop-down list. Left-click on this button to reveal the drop-down list of options for that gap. Select the option you think best fills the gap.

To change your mind, left-click on a different option.

Test tips

Take a look at the other parts of the test


Part 1: Speaking & Writing

This part will take 77-93 minutes to complete


Part 3: Listening

This part will take 45-57 minutes to complete

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