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About the test

PTE Professional™ was created to fulfill a need within the global business market to more accurately and efficiently assess a candidate’s ability to apply comprehensive English communication skills in a professional setting.

Part of the Pearson portfolio

Developed by Pearson, the world’s largest education company, PTE Professional™ provides a more accurate assessment of a candidate’s ability to use English in everyday workplace situations like:

  • Writing an email
  • Comprehending and participating on a conference call
  • Conversing with a client on the telephone
  • Taking dictation
  • Presenting information in a business meeting

Test duration

The test takes approximately 120 minutes and comprises a combination of multiple choice and full response questions.

Automated scoring provides results, fast

The PTE Professional™ exam is scored by Pearson Knowledge Technologies’ patented KAT engine and Versant technology to provide results faster than other exams on the market – within five business days. This automated approach is not only fast, but it also eliminates the potential for human error or bias.

Score Report

In-depth score report breaks down English communication skills

The score report includes an overall score plus sub-scores on speaking, listening, reading and writing. It goes even further by providing eight additional sub-scores for:

  • Sentence mastery
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Fluency
  • Grammar
  • Word choice
  • Voice and tone
  • Organization

Download a sample score report »

CEFR mapping

PTE Professional™ scores map to the Common European Framework (CEFR).



High security

Pearson VUE security measures are unparalleled. The test registration and the check-in processes verify a candidate’s identity, and a digital photo and signature are captured to deter proxy testing. This photo also appears on the candidate’s score report to ensure authentication. Additional security measures include:

  • Secure capture and storage of candidate responses
  • Anonymous test ID numbers to ensure data privacy
  • Random test form to prevent cheating
  • Proctored testing environment
  • Large item pool of test questions