International Certificate (PTE General) Level 1 (A2)

PTE General consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills. The spoken test is a 3.5 minute session consisting of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are two sections to the spoken test:

  1. describe picture
  2. role play

Test time: 1 hr 35 mins

Section Skill Description
1 Listening pictures - 3-option graphical multiple choice
2 Listening & writing dictation
3 Listening text, note completion
4 Reading multiple choice
5 Reading pictures- 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended questions
7 Reading note completion
8 Writing correspondence
9 Writing write text


How much does it cost?
The test fees are set by each center. These tests are reasonably priced. The higher level tests are more expensive than the lower level ones.
Expect to pay £50 for level A1 and £100 for level 5.

Resources for PTE General are reproduced with permission from Pearson