PTE General - Level A1: Foundation 

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

Who is this test for?

This test is for test takers with a beginner knowledge of English; sufficient for survival in social, travel and everyday situations.

Test takers will be expected to understand very short, simple information and to express themselves simply and briefly, in speech and in writing.

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 A1 Foundation the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

For the Level A1 guide, practice tests and tutorial click here.

Written test (1 hour 15 minutes)

Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option graphical 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 (30-50 words)
9 Writing write text (50-80 words)

Spoken test (5 minutes)

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