PTE Time for Each Section – How Long Does the PTE Exam Take?

PTE or Pearson Test of English is a computer-based English language test which was developed to make an accurate measurement of a person’s English language ability. How long does the test take? It takes approximately three hours to complete the PTE Academic with an optional ten-minute break. The test consists of three major parts, Speaking and writing, Reading and Listening. The first and third parts are divided into various sections.

Part 1: Speaking and Writing

SectionTaskTask DescriptionTime to Answer
Section 1Personal IntroductionAfter reading the instructions, you have 30 seconds to give a recorded introduction about yourself. This part is not assessed, but is sent to institutions you choose along with your Score Report.1 minute
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Read aloudA text appears on screen. Read the text aloud30-35 minutes
Repeat sentenceAfter listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence
Describe imageAn image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail
Re-tell lectureAfter listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words
Answer short questionAfter listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words
Section 3-4Summarize written textAfter reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage of between 5 to 75 words20 minutes
Section 5Write essayWrite an essay of 200-300 words on a given topic20 minutes

Part 2: Reading

SectionTaskTask DescriptionTime to Answer
Multiple-choice, choose single answerAfter reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response32-41 minutes
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answerAfter reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response
Re-order paragraphsSeveral text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order
Fill in the blanksA text appears on the screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanksA text appears on screen with several gaps. Fill in each gap from a drop-down list of response options

Part 3: Listening

SectionTaskTask DescriptionTime to Answer
Section 1Summarize spoken textAfter listening to a recording, write a summary of 50-70 words20-30 minutes
Section 2Multiple choice, choose multiple answersAfter listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response23-28 minutes
Fill in the blanksA transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap
Highlight correct summaryAfter listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
Multiple choice, choose single answerAfter listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one response
Select missing wordAfter listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
Highlight incorrect wordsThe transcript of a recording appears on screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said
Write from dictationAfter listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence.

 

 

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