Skip to main content

Guide to scoring

A detailed, reliable view of your English skills, in a quick, convenient format.

Guide to scoring

A detailed, reliable view of your English skills, in a quick, convenient format.

PTE gives you and your chosen institutions a detailed view of your English skills, all in a quick, convenient format.

PTE scores are typically available within 48 hours. Access your scores online, and send your scores to an unlimited number of institutions.

Results typically available in 48 hours

FREE unlimited score reports

Detailed scores from 10–90


Your personalized score report

PTE Academic gives you an accurate report of your English skills that you can share with your chosen institutions.

You receive an overall score of between 10 and 90, which grades your English ability against the Global Scale of English. Plus, you will receive sub-scores to show your ability in: 

  • communicative skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing 

  • enabling skills – grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse

How we assign scores

Each PTE Academic test has 20 different question types. Each one is graded differently. Multiple choice answers are scored as either right or wrong, while scored for more complex question types like essay writing are based on many criteria.

Find out how each question is scored with the PTE Academic score guide.

Find out more about each question type with the PTE Academic test guide.

Image- Oxford, 1080px

What score do I need?

Each institution chooses how to set their scores. Typically, you will need to achieve the following minimum scores:

  • Foundation courses: minimum score of between 36–50

  • Undergraduate degrees: minimum score of between 51–60

  • Postgraduate degrees: minimum score between of 57–67

To find out the minimum score requirement at your chosen institution, check their website.

For visa applications, view our guide to minimum scores required for Australian visas, UK visas, and New Zealand visas.

Portrait of student learning online with headphones and laptop taking notes in notebook sitting at her desk at home - mixed race Asian Chinese model

Predict your potential score

The best way to find out how you might score on test day is to try a Scored Practice Test.

With the same type of content as the real test, and taken over three hours, a Scored Practice test will help you to predict your potential overall score. It will also help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, which you can use to shape your study plan.

Accessing and sharing your scores

Once you have completed your test, we will send you your score report within five days – but typically within just 48 hours.

Accessing your scores

As soon as your scores are ready, we will email you to let you know. Then you simply sign in to your myPTE account (the same account you used to book your test) to see your digital score report.

You can then choose to share it with your chosen institutions straight away or at a later time.

Sharing your scores

Because your score report is digital, sharing it with your chosen universities and colleges is simple, secure, and fast – there’s no need to send a paper copy.

Sign in to your myPTE account, go to your score, and start the process to send it to your choice of institution and program. You can share your report with as many institutions as you like, for free.

Table showing comparison between PTE scores and those of IELTS and TOEFL.

How do our scores compare with IELTS and TOEFL?

Find out how PTE scores relate to two other commonly accepted English tests, IELTS and TOEFL. Our recent research highlights the relationship between our respective scores – known as 'concordance' – and recent updates made in December 2020.

Explore our score comparisons