PTE Academic® Live Online Session

Targeted instruction & practice on the speaking section of PTE Academic.

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Overview & Schedules

Practice for PTE Academic with Kaplan

Join Kaplan expert instructors and learn strategies you can use to prepare for PTE Academic. The session will help you to prepare for undertaking the speaking section of the test using the "Describe Image" question type as a basis for learning and applying techniques to help you towards achieving your desired scores.

"Describe Image" is often one of the more challenging parts of PTE Academic. Test takers are required to view an image, then explain what that image is showing. You will need to quickly understand and discuss the image in English. Not only does this section test your speaking skills, but it also requires you to use your critical thinking and analysis skills.

During Kaplan's PTE Academic Live Online Session, a Kaplan expert will walk you through what to look for when answering this question type and how to answer accurately in the limited time given. You will be able to practice on your own and get feedback on your responses.

New to PTE Academic? This session will give you a good understanding of what to expect on the test and where to start your preparation.

Already into your studies for PTE Academic? You'll sharpen your skills and get some targeted practice to accompany your prep.

What You'll Get

Live Online Lesson

Attend a 90 minute live online lesson covering PTE Academic "Describe Image" question type and the speaking portion.

Expert Instruction

Learn from an engaging Kaplan expert instructor in an interactive environment, answering your questions in real time.

Official Pearson® Content

These sessions are created using official content from the test maker, providing you realistic overview and practice.

Official PTE Academic Practice Test

Want extra practice? Make the most of your lesson and add on an official full-length scored practice test to exercise your new skills.

What to Expect

  • Understand the "Describe Image" question type within the speaking and writing section of the test, and the criteria used to evaluate your answers.
  • Learn which skills are tested and how to approach "Describe Image" questions in a methodical manner.
  • Learn strategies for "Describe Image" questions, and how to avoid common mistakes that test-takers make.
  • Practice responding to real Pearson "Describe Image" questions, and get Kaplan instructor feedback on sample responses.
  • Ask Kaplan's expert instructor any questions that you have about "Describe Image" and PTE Academic.

About the Test

PTE Academic Overview

What is PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is a computer-based test for English used by universities, colleges and governments around the world to evaluate the English language skills of applicants. It is administered at a Pearson test center. It assesses your English listening, reading, speaking and writing skills during a three-hour exam.

Who Accepts PTE Academic?

PTE Academic is accepted by universities and colleges in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Germany and more, and is approved for all Australian and New Zealand visa and migration applications.

Why take PTE Academic ?

PTE Academic offers flexible registration and you will receive results fast (usually within 5 days).

The exam is scored by Artificial Intelligence using an algorithm that mirrors how a human would score. Using AI allows for unbiased scoring and focuses on the content of what you are saying and removing any possible accent bias or anything else.

It's simple for test takers to share their scores electronically and securely with a choice of thousands of institutions, all free of charge.

Test Duration and Format

Length: 3 hours (10 minute optional break between reading and listening sections)

Sections: There are 3 different parts to the test. Below is a breakdown of each part.

Section Time What is Tested Question Types
Speaking & Writing 77 – 93 minutes Part 1 assesses your speaking skills and your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment. During the writing portion you will be required to write using proper academic English, and correct grammar and spelling.
  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay (20 mins)
Reading 32 – 41 minutes Part 2 assesses reading skills. You will answer 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. You will encounter various question types, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to evaluate your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.
  • Multiple choice (single answer)
  • Multiple choice (multiple answers)
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
Listening 45 – 57 minutes Part 3 assesses your ability to listen and comprehend spoken English. It consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips. You hear each audio or video clip start to play automatically only once, so it is important to listen carefully and take notes.
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice (multiple answers)
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple choice (single answer)
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

You can learn more about PTE Academic format here.

Test Locations

There are over 250 test centers worldwide, located in over 50 countries. To find the test center nearest you please visit Pearson PTE Academic.

Test Registration and Fees

Register and pay online up to 24 hours in advance. A late booking fee applies for the test booked within 48 hours of test sessions. The PTE is administered up to 365 days a year.

Test fees vary by location. To see the test pricing in your area visit Pearson PTE Academic.


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