PTE General Exam: Test Format & How to Book


PTE General Exam: Test Format & How to Book

Notice: The PTE General test is no longer available. This post is for informational purposes only.

If you’re considering the PTE exam, you’ll come across the two most common PTE exam types: PTE General and PTE Academic.

While everyone knows that PTE Academic is the perfect choice for studying and immigrating to English-speaking countries, PTE General can help you with real-world skills for specific purposes.

What exactly is PTE General, and how does it differ from PTE Academic? In today’s post, PTE Magic will give you the answer.

What is the PTE general exam?

pte general

PTE General is a six-level assessment system designed to assess and accredit general English communication and vocabulary skills.

These tests are offered in partnership with Edexcel Limited, the leading awarding authority for academic and vocational credentials in the United Kingdom.

PTE General is recognized by many countries and universities worldwide. It serves as proof of the standard of English required for educational or work abroad purposes.

However, it is mostly accepted by non-English-speaking European countries.

Here is a list of nations that accept the PTE General for work or higher education purposes:

  • Albania
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • Estonia

You can also take PTE General for travel or personal purposes. It can help you determine your current English level and where to improve to further your language development.

What is the test format?

Six levels in the PTE General test are set based on the CEFR levels.

Level
Time Duration
Explanation
Level A1
1 hour 15 minutes
It is suitable for beginners and assesses writing and speaking skills.
Level 1
1 hour 35 minutes
It is suitable for beginners and assesses writing and speaking skills.
Level 2
1 hour 35 minutes
It is suitable for intermediate candidates and assesses writing and speaking skills.
Level 3
2 hours
It is suitable for intermediate candidates and assesses writing and speaking skills.
Level 4
2 hours 30 minutes
It is suitable for higher education candidates and assesses writing and speaking skills.
Level 5
2 hours 55 minutes
It is suitable for higher education candidates and assesses writing and speaking skills.

Each level has two sections: a spoken interview and a written paper. Both sections have a maximum of 100 points.

The spoken interview consists of three sections at levels A1 and 1 and four at levels 2–5. It assesses your speaking skills.

Spoken interview
Task types Level
Describe picture Levels A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Roleplay
Discussion Levels 2, 3, 4, 5
Total: 25 points

The written test consists of nine sections at all levels and assesses your listening, reading, and writing.

Written test
Skills Tested Task types Score
Listening 3-option graphical multiple choice 10
Listening Text, note completion 10
Listening and writing Dictation 5
Reading Gap-fill 3–option multiple choice 5
Reading 3-option multiple choice 10
Reading Open-ended question 8
Reading Text, note completion 7
Writing Write correspondence 10
Writing Write text 10
Total: 75 points

Note: All sections have different time durations at each level. You can check the PTE General test format in detail here.

How can you book the PTE General test?

You can register for the PTE General exam online using the Edexcel Online (EOL) system.

From EOL, you will need to:

  1. Select which level you want to sit for
  2. Fill in your information for that level.

What are the main differences between PTE academic and PTE general tests?

Here is the comparison table between PTE General and PTE Academic:

Points of differences
PTE General
PTE Academic
Purpose
Study and work mostly in non-English speaking European countries
Study, work, and immigration in English-speaking countries.
Conducted by
Pearson Language Tests in partnership with Edexcel Limited
Pearson Language Tests
Exam dates
February, May, June, October, November, and December
Every month depending on the test center
Registration
Online via Edexcel Online system
Exam forms
Not-computerized test
Fully computerized test
Exam format
It has a set of six levels (A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Each level includes two sections: a spoken interview and a written paper
It has one level only with three sections: Reading, Speaking & Writing, and Listening
Duration
1.5 to 3 hours
3 hours
Score Validity
Lifetime
2 years

Conclusion

We have put together all the information about PTE General and how it differs from PTE Academic. You can now choose the exam that best suits your preference and goals.

Whatever exam you choose, having strong English skills will always give you confidence.

Ready to study for the PTE exam? Our 100% real updated practice test bank will help you. Contact us now!

Last updated on 22/08/2023

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