PTE General focuses on assessing the ability of communicating in English, rather than test-taking
skills. The tasks in the test are a natural continuation of what happens in the classroom, giving test
takers the opportunity to perform at their best.
The test consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test, and assesses four skills: listening,
reading, speaking and writing.
The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by
external examiners in the UK.
The spoken test assesses speaking skills and is also marked by external examiners in the UK.
Assessment of communicative ability
PTE General is a scenario-based English language test designed to allow students the freedom to
express themselves, show what they can do and how well they can use English.
Realistic and familiar tasks
The test uses real-life material and tasks, such as writing messages, understanding talks and
newspaper articles, or participating in conversation.
Positive testing experience
Through a variety of tasks that are relevant and authentic the test will help students identify their
strengths and track improvement and success.
PTE General certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek
opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.