Pearson Tests of English (PTE) The following tests are available from Pearson:

The Pearson Test of English Academic

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment. The speaking part of the exam is done at the computer. Your voice is recorded and sent for marking.

One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly; in about 5 days.

The cost varies by country but is in the range of $150-$210.

PTE Academic is a multi-level test, like IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.

The Pearson Test of English General Formerly The London Test of English

The Pearson Test of English General

these are designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. The tests consist of two parts: a written paper and an interview.

There are six levels of the General test:

A1 Level A175 mins5 mins
A2 Level 195 mins5 mins
B1 Level 295 mins7 mins
B2 Level 3120 mins7 mins
C1 Level 4150 mins8 mins
C2 Level 5175 mins8 mins

The writing paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills.

Levels 4 and 5 are recognised for admission to UK universities and by many international companies.

When can I take a PTE General test?
May, June, August, November, December.

How much does it cost?
The test fees are set by each center.These tests are reasonably priced. The higher level tests are more expensive than the lower level ones.
Expect to pay £50 for level A1 and £100 for level 5.

Resources for PTE General are reproduced with permission from Pearson