International Certificate (PTE General)
The International Certificate (PTE General) is designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. The test is an assessment solution as it's intended for learners of English who are speakers of other languages (ESOL).
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The International Certificate integrates all four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and focuses on assessing the ability of communicating in English, rather than test-taking skills.
Please note: both the Written and Spoken parts need to be attempted to achieve a passing grade. However, sustained monologue will not be part of the speaking test from March 2021. For more information, please refer to the Test levels page.
The International Certificate test is not recognised for immigration purposes. If you require a test for immigration purposes, please visit PTE Academic.
All six levels six levels of proficiency (A1, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) are designed to assess and accredit general English language ability.
The test consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test, and assesses four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Where is it accepted?
The International Certificate is recognised globally by universities, employers and national education authorities as evidence of a required standard of English.
Why choose the International Certificate?
Prove your skills to employers and universities with a prestigious international English language qualification.
- Accepted by hundreds of schools, universities and government bodies around the world
- Measures real-world English skills, using the type of language you will encounter in a classroom or social setting
- Test format allows the opportunity to express yourself and demonstrate your skills with familiar scenario-based activities like writing messages, understanding newspaper articles, or participating in a conversation.
Test session dates
The International Certificate is offered on multiple testing dates throughout the year.
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