PTE General - Level 3: Upper Intermediate 

Who is this test for?

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

Test takers will be expected to understand and respond appropriately to the purpose, information and points of view in spoken and written communication of the kind required in a variety of study, work, everyday and leisure-related contexts in daily life.

How is this test structured?


The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 3 the theme tends to be quite abstract, such as global issues like pollution and conservation.

For the Level 3 guide, practice tests and tutorial click here.

Please note that PTE General is not accepted by the UKBA for spouse/partner/family visa purposes.

Written test (2 hours)

Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (90-120 words)
9 Writing write text (150-200 words)

Spoken test (7 minutes)

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.
  1. sustained monologue
  2. discussion
  3. describe picture
  4. role play