Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL, is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U.S. universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions.

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.

Please read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Be sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.

A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. We recommend that you practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.


PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. Typically, PTE Academic results are available within five business days.

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Approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.

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Acceptable ID: If you are taking the test outside your country of citizenship, you must present your passport as ID. If you are taking the test in your country of citizenship, you should ideally present your passport. If you do not have a passport, you can present a valid non-expired form of government issued National ID, provided that it meets the following requirements: – Your name in Roman characters – Date of birth – Signature – Photograph If you cannot provide a single piece of ID which contains all 4 of these elements, then a second piece containing the missing element(s) must also be provided.


PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.

To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test centre. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices through to essay writing and interpreting information.


PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)

    • Personal Introduction
    • Read aloud
    • Repeat sentence
    • Describe image
    • Re-tell lecture
    • Answer short question
    • Summarize written text (one sentence)
    • Summarize written text (paragraph)
    • Essay (20mins)

PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)

    • Multiple choice questions (x2)
    • Re-order paragraphs
    • Fill in the blanks (x2)

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)

    • Summarize spoken text
    • Multiple choice x2
    • Fill the blanks
    • Highlight the correct summary
    • Select missing word
    • Highlight incorrect words
    • Write from dictation