PTE Exam Syllabus



The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a computer-based English language test that is recognized by a number of educational institutions across the world. This exam is for students who want to study abroad, primarily in English-speaking countries. The purpose of the test is to determine the candidate’s ability to understand English on a daily basis.


PTE Pattern 2024

Candidates should note that the PTE syllabus and the PTE exam pattern go hand-in-hand. The PTE Exam Pattern as follows:


PTE Exam Syllabus 2024

PTE Speaking and Writing Syllabus

PTE Speaking and Writing Section tests the spoken and written skills of a test taker. This section comprises four sections that test your speaking and writing skills. This section has integrated questions as these 2 skills complement each other more than the other skills. The questions in each segment is as follow:

Segments Pattern  No of Questions
Personal Introduction

Read Aloud

Repeat Sentences

Describe Image

Re-tell Lecture

Answer Short Question

Summarize Written Text

Write Essay


6 to 7

10 to 12

3 to 4

1 to 2

5 to 6

1 to 2

1 to 2


PTE Reading Syllabus

The PTE Reading Section tests the candidates on the basis of their ability to understand the written instructions in the language. The section is further divided into 5 segments.

               Segments Pattern                          No of Questions
Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks 5 to 6
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers 1 to 2
Re-Order Paragraphs 2 to 3
Reading: Fill in the Blanks 4 to 5
Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer 1 to 2


PTE Listening Syllabus

The PTE Listening Section is designed to determine the ability to understand spoken English by the candidate. Here, the student needs to ascertain that they carefully hear the audio file played and retain what they heard. This section is divided into 8 segments and the time given to each segment is as follows.

                 Segments Pattern                              No of Questions
Summarize Spoken Text 1 to 2
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer 1 to 2
Fill in the Blanks 2 to 3
Highlight Correct Summary 1 to 2
Multiple Choice, Single Answer 1 to 2
Select Missing Word 1 to 2
Highlight Incorrect Words 2  to 3
Write from Dictation 3 to 4

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PTE Test Components

Speaking & Writing Section

The Speaking & Writing of the PTE section contains 8 different question types. The Speaking and Writing section is the longest section of the PTE test. The candidate will be tested on their speaking and writing skills, using English they might hear in an academic environment.

  1. Personal Introduction
  2. Read aloud
  3. Repeat sentences
  4. Describe Image
  5. Re-tell Lecture
  6. Answer Short Question
  7. Summarize Written Text
  8. Write essay


Reading Section

The PTE syllabus for the Reading section has 5 different question types.

  1. Fill in the blanks – Reading and writing
  2. Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer
  3. Reorder paragraph
  4. Fill in the blanks – Reading
  5. Multiple Choice, Single Answer


Listening Section

The PTE syllabus of the Listening Section contains 8 different question types.

  1. Summarize Spoken Text
  2. Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers
  3. Fill in the blanks
  4. Highlight Correct Summary
  5. Multiple Choice, Single Answer
  6. Select Missing Word
  7. Highlight Incorrect word
  8. Write a Dictation

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