PTE Academic Test Day Information

PTE Academic Test Day Information

What to expect on PTE Academic test day

PTE Academic is taken at a secure test centre, where you will need to show your ID, check in with the test administrator, and sit your test in a secure computer room.

  1. Show your passport and sign in digitally.
  2. Get your digital photograph taken.
  3. Scan your palm digitally.

When you arrive at Navitas English Test Centre (NETC), our test administrator will request copies of your passport, ask for a digital photograph and signature, scan your palm, assign you a locker to check-in your belongings, and ensure you are ready for your test.

Arrival time

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your test, to check in and pass security. Don't forget to bring your passport. If you arrive more than 15 minutes later than the scheduled starting time of your test, you will not be allowed to sit the test, and you will lose your fee.

Most PTE Academic test centres have around 10 seats. You will be sitting in a private booth with other test takers around you. You may be able to hear your neighbours speak as they take their test, but you will be responding to slightly different questions.

How long is the test?

PTE Academic is a single 3 hour computer based exam which assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing.

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 choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

What can I bring into the test room?

  • Passport

What can't I bring into the test room?

  • Digital devices (mobile phones, iPods, digital watches, etc.)
  • Analogue watch
  • Wallets and keys
  • Jackets, hoodies, scarves, gloves
  • Baseball caps, beanies, hats or hoods
  • Cases for pens or glasses
  • Pieces of paper
  • Highlighters, rulers and correction fluid
  • Food or drink of any kind

Valuables

Navitas English Test Centre (NETC) will provide a locker to store your belongings for the duration of your PTE Academic test; however, NETC is not responsible for any loss or damages. We highly recommend leaving valuables at home.

Illness, cancellations and transfers

Courses are delivered by Navitas English (Navitas English Services Pty Ltd ACN 002 069 730), CRICOS Provider Code 00289M; The Certificate IV in TESOL is delivered by ATTC (Navitas English Pty Ltd ACN 003 916 701), CRICOS Provider Code 00031D. Courses in Victoria are delivered by Hawthorn-Melbourne (Hawthorn Learning Pty Ltd ACN 124 208 171) CRICOS Provider Code 02931G