Why PTE Academic?

PTE Academic was created in response to demand for a more accurate, objective, secure and relevant test of English.

Launched in 2009, PTE Academic has been rapidly adopted in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada. We are accepted by thousands of academic programs, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, Yale and INSEAD. Find out which institutions accept our test.

Accept PTE Academic

“PTE Academic will give us a powerful tool for ensuring that the international students we admit are able to express themselves easily in spoken and written English so that they can take full advantage of the world-class academic experience that Yale provides.”

Rebekah Westphal, Senior Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University 

Have a question about accepting PTE Academic at your institution? Contact our client relations team for more information.

Founded on Academic Research

PTE Academic was created after years of research by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. Our advisory group includes language assessment experts who have helped to rethink the way we assess English: they created the Global Scale of English, which builds upon the Common European Framework and helps to show greater levels of progression for English learners. Find out more about our ongoing research.

Accurate measure of English

We believe fair tests should be as accurate as possible. The purpose of assessment is to precisely capture a test taker's true level of ability. We believe
PTE Academic is the most accurate test of academic English in the world. We demonstrate the accuracy of our tests through a lower standard error of measurement and the precision of our scores. Download our fact sheet to find out more.

Layered approach to security

We believe in fair and reliable English assessment, so we know it's crucial that you have confidence in the English scores you receive. PTE Academic employs a layered approach to security, incorporating innovative test design and delivery, advanced identity management, secure proctored delivery, automatic results validation and data forensics. Download our security fact sheet or find out more.

“Students come from around the world to take advantage of the high-quality, diverse offerings of the Johnson School’s graduate business management programs. As we evaluate candidates, PTE Academic will give us an important tool for measuring their ability to study in an academic environment where English is the primary language of instruction.”

Randall Sawyer, Director of Admissions, Cornell University, The Johnson School

Objective English measurement

Assessment is not the same as judgment. We believe PTE Academic is the most objective test of academic English in the world. It doesn’t matter where your students come from or what they look like, PTE Academic only tests their English skills. You can therefore be sure that all PTE Academic test takers have been treated with complete fairness, and that you are not missing out on students because of unreliable test scores. Download our fact sheet to find out more.

Relevant for academic study

PTE Academic assesses English language skills in more ways than any other test. This means that your students will be more likely to cope well with the wide variety of tasks expected of them at your institution. PTE Academic students are required to prove their ability to effectively communicate in English, not their ability to memorize. Download our fact sheet to  find out more.