The Pearson Language Tests, a unit of Pearson PLC group conducts two tests to judge the English proficiency of non native users who are aspiring for a career abroad. The name of the two entrance exam conducted by Pearson is Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and Pearson Test of English General (PTE General).
The two exams – PTE General and PTE Academic are very distinct from each other.
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a) Exam format
- In the PTE Academic exam format, there are four sections (exactly like IELTS exam) – Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.
- In the PTE General exam, there are two segments, further further divided into six sections altogether. The PTE General test has primary two sections – a written paper and a spoken test. The written segments is further divided into listening, reading comprehension and writing skills sections.
b) Validity of score
- The PTE Academic exam result is valid only for two years from the date of issue of PTE Academic result. The PTE General test result never expires and it does not have any validity limitation. One who takes up the PTE General test once is lifetime, can use the same at any future use.
c) Exam timing
- The PTE General exam is held thrice in a year in the months of May, December and June.
- The PTE Academic exam is held in more than 200 location and over 360 days in a year.
- This definitely makes the PTE Academic exam easily accessible over PTE General exam.
d) Registration for respective PTE exams
- Applicants of PTE General exam needs to register themselves through the Edexcel Online system.
- Applicants of PTE Academic exam can register online through the official website of Pearson.
e) Aim of the PTE exams
- The PTE Academic and General exams are to be taken up depending on the goal of the students. Here’s which PTE exam one should opt for and why:
- PTE Academic – Applicants in plan for an admission into a university/institution
- PTE General – Realistic communication skills testing
f) Endorsement of PTE exams
- The PTE Academic exam is conducted by Pearson Language Tests and endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF of CEFR).
- The PTE General exam is conducted by Pearson in partnership with Edexcel Limited, UK’s largest awarding body for academic and vocational qualifications.
g) Acceptance of score
- The PTE General score is accepted as a valid proof of English qualification by ministries and universities of following countries:
- Albania, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Estonia
- The PTE Academic score is accepted by 6,000 academic institutes across the globe including popular names like Yale and London Business school. Its accepted by Australia for Visa purpose.