PTE – Pearson Test of English – for International Students

International Students

PTE - Pearson Test of English


The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is a computer-based test of English that can be used for visa applications, applying to study at University and for registration with a variety of professional bodies in Australia.
The test has a number of advantages:

  • Fast results, available within five business days.
  • Tests available over 360 days of the year.
  • 100% computer-based marking ensures that tests are graded fairly and consistently.
  • Accepted by thousands of Universities and accepted for all Australian and New Zealand visa applications.
  • Accepted by a number of professional bodies e.g. ANMAC, AHPRA.

ALACC’s PTE Academic Preparation course is designed to help students prepare for the PTE by studying the specific skills tested, using official practice material. This includes learning strategies for the different PTE items, and undertaking an online practice exam to become familiar with the test format.

Duration and Delivery

This course is comprised of 30 hours of lessons delivered over 8 weeks, as well as additional study tasks to complete outside of class.


Face-to-face classes and practice tasks, focusing on skills and strategies for passing the PTE.


Level 1/169 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072.


This course would suit students that have intermediate to advanced English. For example, IELTS band 5.5+.

Class Times

Classes are held Monday-Wednesday. Morning and Afternoon classes are available.

Week PTE Items Skills focus
Week 1 Answer short question

Read aloud

Repeat sentence

Identifying topic, theme and ideas. Understanding academic vocabulary.

Inferring meaning of unknown words

Speaking for a purpose

Speaking fluently, at a natural rate

Identifying a writer’s purpose, style, tone or attitude

Reading a text under timed conditions

Week 2 Fill in the blanks

Multiple choice, single/multiple answers

Understanding the difference between connotation and denotation

Comprehending explicit/implicit information

Following a sequence of events

Using words appropriate to context

Using correct spelling/grammar

Reading for main idea or gist

Reading detailed information

Classifying and categorising information

Week 3 Select missing word

Highlight incorrect words

Summarize written text

Matching written text to speech

Using correct intonation, pronunciation and stress

Forming a conclusion

Identifying errors

Reading under timed conditions

Writing a summary under timed conditions

Taking notes while reading

Communicating main points of a reading passage in written form

Week 4 Write Essay

Describe Image

Writing for a purpose

Supporting an opinion

Organising your writing

Developing complex ideas

Speaking for a purpose

Organising a presentation

Speaking naturally

Week 5 Re-order paragraphs

Fill in the blanks

Write from dictation

Following a spoken sequencing of information

Comprehending differences in tone, speed and accent

Writing from dictation

Using correct spelling/grammar

Week 6 Multiple choice, single/multiple answers Reading to make predictions and generalisations and to find relationships or draw conclusions

Listening to identify a speaker’s attitude, feelings or degree of certainty

Identifying supporting points or examples

Week 7 Re-tell lecture

Summarise spoken text

Highlight correct summary

Comprehending abstract information

Developing complex ideas in a presentation

Speaking naturally and fluently

Using correct stress, intonation and pronunciation

Evaluating the quality or usefulness of a text

Communicating main points of a lecture in writing

Week 8 Write Essay Writing for a purpose

Supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanations

Developing ideas within an essay

Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

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    Course Fees
    International Fee
    AUD 2,800.00
    Fees: AUD 550.00

    20 hours per Week x Five weeks

    Materials (Optional): AUD 300.00
    Registration Fee: AUD 50.00

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