PTE Material Checklist

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 05: 25 AM
PTE Material Checklist

By: Eric Shrestha

4 min read


This PTE material checklist is for you if you’re just starting out with your PTE preparation – these are the essentials you must have!

Test Structure

PTE is a three hours test. There are four sections.


Speaking (30-35 minutes)

Writing (40-60 minutes)

Reading (32-41 minutes)

Listening (45-57 minutes)

For more details on the test structure, make sure to check out the course available.


The Official Guide to the Pearson Test of English Academic and PTE Academic Practice Tests Plus

The Official Guide to the Pearson Test of English Academic is a book filled with helpful practice questions written by the test developers. The CD-ROM contains 200 additional questions – the equivalent of three practice tests. The Pearson Test of English Academic Practice Tests Plus is three full-length tests that come in a CD along with a book. The book also contains two full-length tests at the back of the book.

Nothing can prepare you for PTE better than practice questions from the creators of the test. However, a word of caution – PTE has changed slightly in regards to the structure after the publication of the above resources. Be sure to check the online resources that are updated weekly at our site. Only, we provide you with the updated question structure and test format.



It is easy to get complacent while doing practice questions. This is particularly relevant when you are doing the Speaking and the Reading sections where proper timing is critical. So make sure to use a stopwatch or a timer. That being said, when you are first starting to prep you need to take it slowly. But once you’ve got the hang of things, it is ready, set, stopwatch!

PTERESULT happens to have one built-in with the PTE Practice Mock Test which measures your English in the same way as the real PTE test ;).



This is the only abstract item on the list—but that does not diminish its importance. Doing well on PTE is very much like doing well in sports. He/she who trains hardest does well.

I might add that there is smart training, and not so smart training. For instance, mindlessly going through 1,000 Reading questions or spending hours each day trying to crack fluency and pronunciation PTE Artificial Intelligence is checking for (and its explanation) that is far beyond your ability is probably not the smartest way to train for PTE.

Check out our online courses to maintain your highest level of dedication for the test. You can do this by getting a lot of practice with the PTE Mock Test provided by PTERESULT.


Study Plan

Want to make the best use of your time? Want to make sure you are only prepping with the best materials out there? Want to find the schedule that best adapts to your time constraints? We have study plans to fit your schedule (15 days to 45 days!). It should not take you longer than this to prepare for the test.


Test Date

Choosing a test day may sound very obvious; thus it is the one to many people’s chagrin that really bites them. Simply put: the testing center is not rolling out the carpet for your big day. The only way you can get in is by securing an appointment via the site. If you do not sign up in time, you will not get the appointment window that works best for you (nobody likes waking up at 6 in the morning for the 8 A.M. test). Although, I personally prefer the morning tests as I am at my optimal performance level at that time.

Worse yet, there may be no appointments available before your deadline. So make sure you signup as soon as possible once you are ready with your preparation.

Any other crucial checklist items you’d recommend for other test-takers? Leave us a comment!

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