Before you book
Before you book, make sure you can answer these questions:
- Have you read the Terms and Conditions?
- Do you have the right ID for your test? (See details below)
- Are you old enough to take PTE Academic?
Please be aware of our late booking policy: if you book within 48 hours of your test date, a late booking fee will apply.
Standard ID Policy
To take PTE Academic, you must be able to provide acceptable ID.
Copies will not be accepted—original ID must be provided. No other ID will be accepted at the test center.
If you do not produce the required ID, you will not be allowed into the test room and you will lose your test fee.
UK ID Policy
To take PTE Academic in the United Kingdom, you must be able to provide one of the following:
- A valid passport
- UK Biometric Residence Card
- EU Nationals may present their EU National ID Card
PLEASE NOTE: From 15 September 2014, UK Driver's licenses will no longer be accepted as a form of ID for the PTE-A test in the UK
Taking the test outside your country of citizenship:
If you are taking the test outside your country of citizenship, you must present your passport as ID.
Taking the test within your country of citizenship
If you are taking the test in your country of citizenship, you should ideally present your passport. If you do not have a passport, you can present a valid non-expired form of government issued National ID, provided that it meets the following requirements:
- Your name in Roman characters
- Date of birth
- A recent and recognisable photograph
If you cannot provide a single piece of ID which contains all 4 of these elements, then a second piece containing the missing element(s) must also be provided.
The following documents are NOT acceptable forms of ID:
- any expired ID
- international student ID
- employer’s ID
- credit or debit cards
If you have any questions, or think that you may not be able to meet these ID requirements, it is your responsibility to contact Pearson Customer Service before scheduling your test. Pearson will advise you on what ID you should use and inform the test centre where necessary.
Exceptions: If you are taking the test in any of the countries below or if you are from these regions, please follow the acceptable ID policy.
If you are taking the test in Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore or South Korea you must present your passport as ID, regardless of your country of citizenship. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If you are a Citizen of Mainland China taking the test in Mainland China, you may present your passport or your Resident Identity Card (only Second Generation Resident Identity Cards are acceptable).
If you are a Chinese citizen living outside Mainland China, you must present your passport when testing in Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR.
If you are a permanent resident of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, or Taiwan, testing in Mainland China, you must present your Chinese entry permit, or Mainland Travel Permit, e.g., Hui Xiang Zheng, Tai Bao Zheng.
If you are a citizen of any European Union (EU) or Schengen zone country* and are taking the test in any other EU or Schengen zone country, you may present either your passport or your government issued national identity card.
If you are taking the test outside of the EU or Schengen zone then you must present your passport as primary ID.
* Schengen zone countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (please check information about Schengen zone countries before taking the test).
Test takers who are citizens of Cuba, North Korea or Sudan, against which trade and other sanctions have been imposed by the US Government, must present additional documentation to confirm that their primary residence is in a country not subject to such sanctions.