PTE General

Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) is designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning.
PTE General consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK. The spoken test is assessed by trained local examiners and is sent to the UK for moderation.

There are six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). All levels in the test are awarded by Edexcel and accredited by Ofqual in the UK.

PTE General certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.

Communication Level

Common European Framework

PTE General

Test Time (written test)

Test Time (spoken test)

Foundation A1 Level A1 1 hr 15 5 mins
Elementary A2 Level 1 1 hr 35 5 mins
Intermediate B1 Level 2 1 hr 35 7 mins
Upper Intermediate B2 Level 3 2 hrs 7 mins
Advanced C1 Level 4 2 hrs 30 8 mins
Proficient C2 Level 5 2 hrs 55 8 mins

Level A1:

For test takers with a beginner level knowledge of English sufficient for survival in social, travel and everyday situations.

Level 1:

For test takers with a basic command of English to cope with language needs for social, travel and everyday purposes.

Level 2:

For test takers with intermediate English for practical use in study, work, travel and other everyday purposes.

Level 3:

For test takers who use or will use an upper intermediate level of English for their personal, social, educational or working life.

Level 4:

For test takers applying for higher education in an English speaking institution and/or wishing to demonstrate an advanced level in English for social, academic and vocational purposes. Level 4 is recognized for admission to a number of UK universities.

Level 5:

For test takers applying for higher education in an English speaking institution and/or wishing to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English for social, academic and professional purposes. Level 5 is recognized for admission to a number of UK universities.

Building confidence!

PTE General integrates all four skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) and 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.

  • assessement 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.

Grade Ranges

PTE General Level A1 – Level 4

(C) Pass: 50 – 59

(B) Merit: 60 – 69

(A) Distinction: 70 or above

PTE General Level 5

(C) Pass: 60 – 69

(B) Merit: 70 – 79

(A) Distinction: 80 or above