Pearson Test of English (PTE) General is an assessment solution at six different levels of proficiency – A1 (Foundation) to Level 5 (Proficient) for the accreditation of general English language ability.

It assesses reading, speaking, listening and writing. There is a written part and a spoken part at each of the six levels. The written paper is marked by external examiners in the UK, whereas the spoken test is assessed by trained Elanguest examiners and is sent to the UK for moderation.

The Common European Framework (CEF)
PTE General has been designed to be aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). This is a widely recognised benchmark for language ability. The CEF includes a set of language levels defined by descriptors of language competencies.

Awarding Body - Edexcel Ltd
All levels in the test are awarded by Edexcel Ltd., the largest UK awarding body for academic and vocational qualifications, and accredited by Ofqual in the UK.

Where is the PTE general recognised?
All levels of PTE General are recognized globally and are accepted by universities, employers and national education authorities in many countries as evidence of a required standard of English.

Development of PTE General

PTE General is the revised suite of tests formerly known as the London Tests of English. The changes to the tests were based on extensive consultation with test centres, teachers and test takers in a number of countries. The revision process was monitored at every stage by an independent Technical Advisory Group made up of some of the world’s leading language testing experts.

Who takes PTE General?

PTE General is intended for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The test items do not require any previous work experience, specialised knowledge of the world or vocabulary beyond what people may need in their social, academic or professional life.

A provisional “Performance Report” will be distributed to candidates by the test centre.

Two to three weeks after the receipt of provisional results, test certificates are issued. They are sent out by courier to the test centre on the date listed in the test timetable and immediately forwarded to the candidates.

PTE General Certificates do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly.

Elanguest can offer this as a pre-arranged service to closed groups.