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
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.
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
- Word choice
- Voice and tone
PTE Professional™ scores map to the Common European Framework (CEFR).
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