Accurate results

PTE Academic provides a detailed snapshot of every test-takers English language proficiency. With PTE Academic, students receive an overall English score, as well as scores for individual English sub-skills and enabling skills.

With PTE Academic you can see:

  • Overall score
  • Speaking score
  • Listening score
  • Reading score
  • Writing score
  • Grammar score
  • Spelling score
  • Oral Fluency score
  • Vocabulary score
  • Written discourse score

To find out about manual essay scoring view our guide

Global Scale of English

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English. The Global Scale of English is a granular score scale from 10 – 90. Students receive an overall score on this scale, which gives an accurate assessment of their English ability. Find out more about the Global Scale of English.

Note: A concordance table is a guide to how PTE scores relate to other tests scores. We advise you to always check with the University you are applying to as to what scores they require for PTE.

In December 2020, we released some research showing updated concordance between PTE Academic and IELTS Academic. PTE scores and scoring have not changed.  View the full report here.

Automated scoring

PTE Academic is scored using automated scoring.

Our automated scoring system is based on complex algorithms that were trained by testing a data sample of over 10,000 students with over 120 native languages.

We fed thousands of human marks into our system and now find that the standard error measurement between our system and a human rater is less than between one human rater to another. Learn about automated scoring.

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