PTE General - Level 4: Advanced 

Who is this test for?

This test is for test takers who are applying for higher education in an English speaking institution and/or are wishing to demonstrate an advanced level in English for social, academic and vocational purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand the explicit and implicit meaning of an extensive range of complex, written and spoken communication in social, academic and professional contexts, and to express experiences, opinions and attitudes accurately, appropriately, flexibly and effectively in the spoken and written form.

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 4 the theme tends to be quite abstract, such as global issues like pollution and conservation.

For the Level 4 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 and 30 minutes)

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 (120-150 words)
9 Writing write text (200-250 words)

Spoken test (8 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