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

Section Task Task Description Time to Answer
Section 1 Personal Introduction After 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 aloud A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud 30-35 minutes
Repeat sentence After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence
Describe image An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail
Re-tell lecture After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words
Answer short question After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words
Section 3-4 Summarize written text After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage of between 5 to 75 words 20 minutes
Section 5 Write essay Write an essay of 200-300 words on a given topic 20 minutes

Part 2: Reading

Section Task Task Description Time to Answer
Multiple-choice, choose single answer After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response 32-41 minutes
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answer After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response
Re-order paragraphs Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order
Fill in the blanks A text appears on the screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks A text appears on screen with several gaps. Fill in each gap from a drop-down list of response options

Part 3: Listening

Section Task Task Description Time to Answer
Section 1 Summarize spoken text After listening to a recording, write a summary of 50-70 words 20-30 minutes
Section 2 Multiple choice, choose multiple answers After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response 23-28 minutes
Fill in the blanks A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap
Highlight correct summary After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
Multiple choice, choose single answer After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one response
Select missing word After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
Highlight incorrect words The 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 dictation After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence.

 

 

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