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Preparing for PTE Academic

Develop confidence and prepare for success by understanding the structure and learning outcomes of the PTE Academic test.

15,269 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration and is widely accepted by universities, colleges and governments around the world. All test takers should prepare for PTE Academic, even if English is your first language.

PTE Academic is a three hour computer-based English test assessing real-life, academic English, with three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and readin. The Test has been developed to allow you to demonstrate your language skills scored by unbiased Artificial Intelligence.

This course will assist you to develop your confidence and success by understanding the structure and learning outcomes of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) and to develop exam skills.

PTE Academic is accepted by institutions and governments across the world, find out more about where PTE is accepted here.

This course is offered by YouSTUDY International College. Our global virtual campus is operated from Cairns, Queensland, Australia which is also the base for our face-to-face physical campus.

YouSTUDY has over 30 years of experience with Australian based teachers delivering quality English courses and experiences for students from around the globe. As an official Pearson PTE Test Centre, we are experienced in assisting students to prepare for their Pearson PTE Academic test, which is an English Pathway to Australian Higher Education Institutions, Universities and Colleges.

YouSTUDY teachers and staff believe that studying English should be a life-changing experience for every student, regardless of whether students are studying virtually or on-site at our College Campus in Cairns, we hope this course offers you the same experience.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to PTE and Preparing for Part 1 of the Test: Speaking & Writing

    • Getting Started

      In this first session we will introduce to the Test Format and important tips to prepare you for the PTE Academic Test

    • Speaking and Writing

      The Speaking and Writing Part of the PTE Academic Test is divided into eight specific sections, we will look at the first four in this last Session of the First Week.

  • Week 2

    Preparing for Part 1: Speaking and Writing (Cont.) and Part 2: Reading

    • Welcome to Week 2 and Speaking and Writing (Cont) - Last 4 tasks

      This week we are introducing the last topics of Part 1 of the PTE Academic Test: Speaking and writing, Sections: 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8.

    • Reading

      Part 2 of the Test takes (32 – 40 minutes) and covers: Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks Multiple choice, choose multiple answers Re-order paragraphs Reading: Fill in the blanks Multiple choice, choose single answer

  • Week 3

    Preparing for Part 3: Listening

    • Part 3 Listening Sections 1 - 4


    • Part 3 Listening Sections 5 - 8 and Review of week


  • Week 4

    Time for review and practice, resources to keep

    • Welcome to Week 4

      There are three sections to this week: - Additional Tips and Hints - Practice, Practice, Practice - Resources and Review

    • Additional Tips and Hints

      Now that you have completed three weeks of our PTE Preparation course it is time to put what you have learned into practice this week. We have provided you here with additional Tips and Hints that you might find useful

    • Practice, Practice, Practice

      Now it is your turn to work on your areas of weakness ready for your Test, and a last chance to seek support from your peers and our teachers

    • Resources and Review

      We have gathered a range of resources, some of which were included previously in this course that you might have missed. These are available for you to use after you have completed this course to support your Future Learning

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage with and apply a variety of test preparation skills
  • Investigate the structure and develop knowledge of the PTE Academic test
  • Assess guided practice of exam material and student involvement
  • Explore productive and receptive skills required for the PTE test (Listening, reading, speaking and writing)
  • Collect tips and develop techniques to help prepare for the PTE A test

Who is the course for?

This course will guide learners through how to prepare for and succeed in the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, this test is used for Visa and Academic enrolment purposes.

Who will you learn with?

Hi, I have worked in the Education sector for over 20 years and live in one of the best locations in the world, Cairns, famous for the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforest.

Hello! I am a Cambridge qualified English teacher with over 4 years’ experience teaching English both online and face to face. I have a friendly, outgoing, patient, and enthusiastic teaching style.

Who developed the course?

YouSTUDY International College

YouSTUDY International College is based in Cairns, Queensland Australia. They are a premier provider of English language education courses for international students.

Learning on FutureLearn

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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