PTE score report interpretation
After taking the test, you will be notified by email when your PTE Academic scores are available (typically within five business days from your test date). Using the online account you set up when you registered for the test, you can view your results and then request to make them available to an unlimited number of institutions of your choice.
The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.
1. The overall score reflects your overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test.
The range for the overall score is 10-90 points.
2. Scores for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are based on all test items that assess these skills, either as a single skill or together with other skills.
The range for each communicative skill score is 10-90 points.
3. Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing one or more of these skills.
The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.
4. The display of the scores in a graph allows you to quickly see your strengths and weaknesses, and how each skill relates to your overall performance.
2. Understand the PTE Academic Score Scale and the CEF
PTE Academic is aligned to the Common European Framework (CEF or CEFR). This is a widely
recognized benchmark for language ability developed by the Council of Europe (2001). The explanation
of this alignment is that to stand a reasonable chance at successfully performing any of the tasks
defined at a particular CEF level, you must be able to demonstrate that you can do the average tasks
at that level.
As you grow in ability, for example within the B1 level, you will become successful at doing even the
most difficult tasks at that level and will also find you can cope with the easiest tasks at the next level.
In other words, you are entering into the B2 level.
The table below shows PTE Academic scores aligned to the CEF levels A2 to C2. The dotted lines on the
scale show the PTE Academic score ranges that predict that you are likely to perform successfully on
the easiest tasks at the next higher level. For example, if you score 51 on PTE Academic, this means
that you are likely to be able to cope with the more difficult tasks in the CEF B1 level. At the same
time, according to your PTE Academic score, it predicts that you are likely to perform successfully on
the easiest tasks at B2.
3. Find out what PTE Academic scores mean
PTE Academic alignment with the CEF can only be fully understood if it is supported with information
showing what it really means to be ‘at a level’. In other words, are you likely to be successful with
tasks at the lower boundary of a level; do you stand a fair chance of doing well on any task, or will you
be able to do almost all the tasks, even the most difficult ones, at a particular level? The table below
shows for each of the CEF levels A2 to C2 which PTE Academic scores predict the likelihood of you
performing successfully on the easiest, average and most difficult tasks within each of the CEF levels.
For example, if your PTE Academic score is 36, this predicts that you will perform successfully on the
easiest tasks at B1. From 36 to 43, the likelihood of successfully performing the easiest tasks develops
into doing well on the average tasks at B1. Finally, reaching 58 predicts that you will perform well at
the most difficult B1 level tasks. (For detailed information on what PTE Academic scores in the range
from 10 to 84 (A1 to C1) mean, see the table on p.4).
4. Find out what score you need
If you wish to study at degree level or above at an Australian or New Zealand Higher Education Institution, then it is the university that decides on the score you will need. Our experience suggests that most universities require:
for undergraduate studies a minimum score between 51 and 61
for postgraduate studies a minimum score between 57 and 67
for MBA studies a minimum score between 59 and 69
Use the table below to find out what PTE Academic scores in the range from 10 to 84 (A1 to C1) mean. The table shows the score ranges that predict some degree of performance at the next level, and it explains what you are likely to be able to do within those score ranges.