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How to Prepare Yourself for the PTE Academic Test Environment


The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is a computer-based English proficiency test. It measures the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of non-native speakers who want to study abroad. Students who have attempted the exam previously, will agree that the PTE Academic Test Environment is very different from other tests.

First time PTE test-takers must take note of the following things:

Unlike ordinary examination settings, where invigilators constantly ask candidates to be quiet, PTE test taking takes on a whole new meaning. You have to sit in a partitioned booth, very close to other applicants. You are able hear them speak as they take their test. This can be especially problematic during the “speaking and writing” module, as it includes tasks like reading text aloud, repeating sentences, and describing images.

Your ability to concentrate on your own test and ignore the voices coming from all corners of the test centre can take your success to the next level.

Here’s our compilation of tips to help you get used to the PTE Academic test environment:

PTE Academic Test

  • Study in noisy places

    Before you sit down to take your full-length online mock test, make sure that you pick the noisiest spot in your house. Better still, move your laptop to a crowded restaurant or any outdoor place filled with loud people. This will help you get a feel of the actual PTE Academic test environment.

  • Don’t start test immediately

    Do not rush the process. Many applicants dive into the speaking module immediately after the exam begins. They lose their train of thought once they hear other voices. The trick is to give your fellow test-takers a one-minute head start. Use this one minute to allow your brain to take in all the sounds. This will help you get used to your surroundings so that when you begin, you can retain your focus better.

  • Smaller test centre

    If possible, opt for a smaller PTE Test centre. A smaller centre means fewer number of fellow test-takers, and consequently, a decrease in the chances of being distracted.


We hope you will find our tips useful, and put them to good use the next time you sit for your PTE test. Good luck!

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