Pearson, the world’s biggest education provider, said 30% more tests were delivered in 2018 than in the previous year through its global network of 256 test centers. The company opened 36 new test centers in 2018, which means that test takers in 53 countries can now take the PTE Academic test.

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The average age of the test takers is 29, with the age range running from 16 to +60. The test takers represented 180 nationalities, with Indian being the leading nationality.

About the test

There are three main parts to the three-hour test session: speaking and writing (together), listening, and reading. There is also an optional 10-minute break between the reading and listening parts. During the test, you will find 20 different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic English, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

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Quick results

Test scores are typically available within two or three days of sitting the exam. In fact, during 2018, 85.7% of PTE Academic test takers received their results within just two days.

Source: Pearson