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PTE Academic, improved

A shorter test and personalized score feedback, beginning November 16, 2021. Plus, the option to take the test at home, coming soon.

PTE Academic, improved

A shorter test and personalized score feedback, beginning November 16, 2021. Plus, the option to take the test at home, coming soon.

The next evolution of PTE Academic

Starting November 16, we will launch a series of changes to ensure PTE Academic is the most convenient, stress-free English test available.

A shorter test

Complete your PTE Academic test in just two hours, instead of three. We test the same English skills and question types, but simply with fewer questions.

Enhanced Score Report feedback

Get personalized feedback on your test performance, plus targeted advice on how you can improve your English skills, with your PTE Academic Score Report and Skills Profile.

An at-home English test

Coming soon! Sit your English test any time, anywhere* with PTE Academic Online – a remote version of our test that you can take on your home computer. *Availability depends on your institution and country.

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Shorter test, less stress

Our shorter PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI test is the same accurate, trusted English test as before. The only thing that's different is the time it takes you to complete it.

The test format, question types, and the scoring scale all remain the same, but you simply answer fewer questions. This means you can prepare in the same way, and expect the same high-quality outcome.

And the test continues to be accepted by the same universities and professional bodies – and by the UK, Australia and New Zealand governments for visa and immigration purposes.

What's different?

A shorter test (from three hours to two hours) 

Fewer questions (from 70-82, to 52–64) 

No need for a break during the test 

What stays the same?

Results are still accepted by over 3,000 institutions

The range of question types and difficulty level of the test

The score requirements for your institution

Why are we changing our test length?

To make PTE Academic the most convenient choice for test takers.

Since it launched a little over 10 years ago, PTE Academic has become one of the world's leading – and most innovative – tests of English language skills.

Our goal is to continue to be the innovators in English language testing, and we do this by constantly reviewing and improving our testing practices.  

Through extensive testing, our research teams found that reducing the number of questions could improve the efficiency of PTE Academic with no impact on test scores or quality. This means PTE Academic will continue to provide a highly accurate and reliable indication of your English ability. 

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Preparing for PTE Academic

You can prepare for the two-hour test in the same way you would for the three-hour test.

All of the question types are the same, so you can use all of the resources available on our preparation pages.

Learn more about the improvements to PTE Academic