The Official Guide to PTE Academic for Test Takers (Print Book + Digital Resources + Online Practice)

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The Official Guide to PTE Academic for Test Takers (Print Book + Digital Resources + Online Practice)

By David Hill, Simon Cotterill
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The Official Guide to PTE Academic, provides a complete overview of the test structure. It includes everything you need to know in order to become familiar with the task types, as well as guidance on managing a computer-based test and preparation strategies. The Official Guide and its support resources can also help you to practice real-world English skills in order to prepare for the PTE Academic test. It is an excellent starting point for evaluating your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and planning your test preparation.

The Official Guide is divided into 3 main Resources:
  • The Official Guide to PTE Academic for Test Takers (Book)
  • Digital Resources
  • Online Practice
The Official Guide to PTE Academic (Book):
  • is suitable for anyone who wants to become familiar with the test;
  • is designed to be used as a self-study tool, in addition to other preparation courseware or as part of classroom preparation;
  • includes paper-based study and practice (with practice exercises included in the book and downloadable resources for printing) as well as online practice of all the tasks types;
  • is a useful resource to help test takers plan their study and preparation for the test;
  • is divided into clear sections to make information easy to find.
Digital Resources
You can access these resources using the code for the Pearson English Portal printed in the front of your book.
  • Answer keys for all tasks in the book, including model answers for speaking and writing tasks
  • Audio tracks for both practice tasks in the book, as well as model answers
  • 20 Videos, focusing on the common mistakes people make when approaching each task type.
  • A series of worksheets
  • General skill development advice
Online Practice
300 PTE Academic practice questions, covering all 20 scored task types and Personal introduction
The Official Guide to PTE Academic for Test Takers supports students with test preparation for PTE Academic through:
  • detailed information around the test, including how to approach test prep, what to do on test day and scoring
  • fast track vs in-depth guidance on preparing for the test and suggestions for preparing a study plan
  • an overview of the test and what to expect in each section
  • a walk-through of each task type and practice tasks
  • strategies to apply before and during the test
  • tips for building confidence for the test
  • guidance on how to build skills in English for academic purposes
  • a glossary of useful terms related to PTE Academic
Table of contents
  • How to use the Official Guide
  • About PTE Academic
  • Getting to know the test
  • Preparing for your test
  • On test day
  • Score reports
  • Part 1: Speaking and writing
  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Building confidence: speaking
  • Summarize written text
  • Write essay
  • Building confidence: writing
  • Part 2: Reading
  • Fill in the blanks: reading and writing
  • Multiple-choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks: reading
  • Multiple-choice: Choose single answer
  • Building confidence: reading
  • Part 3: Listening
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple-choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Fill in the blanks: listening and writing
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice: Choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation
  • Building confidence: listening
  • Glossary

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a computer-based language test that offers international students and migrants the fastest, fairest and most flexible way of proving their English language proficiency for immigration and student visas.


  • Results typically within five business days
  • Schedule tests up to 24 hours in advance
  • Accepted by all Australian universities and colleges and a growing number of professional associations
  • Approved for all Australian student and visa applications

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