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Changes to PTE Academic

Changes to PTE Academic
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From November 2021, there will be two important changes to the PTE Academic Test.

New version

There will be a new version of PTE Academic, with a shorter and more convenient timeframe of 2 hours. All item types in the test will remain the same; however, the frequency of some will be reduced.

The number of item types in the Speaking section of the test will be as follows:

Item type Old version New version
Personal introduction 1 1
Read aloud 6-7 6-7
Repeat sentence 10-12 10-12
Describe image 6-7 3-4
Re-tell lecture 3-4 1-2
Answer short question 10-12 5-6

This means that the Speaking and Writing section of the test will now take 54-67 minutes.

PTE Academic Online

PTE Academic Online is a remote proctored version of PTE Academic that can be taken at home, in an office or any other convenient location, and it will allow test takers to complete a test securely through a browser without going to a test centre.

The format of PTE Academic Online is the same as the new shorter 2-hour format of PTE Academic. The test includes the same question types across all four skills with the same level of difficulty.

For more information about these changes, visit Improving PTE Academic


What do you think about these changes made to the test?

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