Every year an increasing number of students book the PTE Academic exam in order to showcase their English language capabilities and skills. They do this for the purpose of securing admission to tertiary level institutions or immigration applications.
To facilitate a smooth and easy booking, Pearson has made the online registration procedure as simple and hassle free as possible. If you are one of those many students thinking about booking a PTE Academic Exam, then read on to find out more about the PTE Academic exam booking procedure
Here's what you will learn in this article:
How Can I Book My PTE Exam?
You can easily book your exam at any official Pearson language test centre or online. You can even book your test just a day before you sit for the exam. This is a service which is not offered by any other language proficiency tests.
Let’s take a look at the online PTE academic booking procedure.
Step 1 - Create an Account
In order to book a test you first need to register with Pearson first and create an account on the official PTE academic website. To do this you need to have a valid information and fill out your personal details. Your personal details must match the information that is present on your current passport and identity document. Additional information like your previous exam history (if applicable) is also required. It takes around 24 hours for your account to be approved.
Step 2 - Choose Your Test
You also need to choose which test you want to register for. This depends on whether or not you wish to take the PTE Academic or General Test. Do note that only PTE Academic is accepted for study in an English speaking country and that the same PTE Academic test type can be used for immigration to Australia and New Zealand.
Step 3 - Choose Your Test Date
Once the above-mentioned details have been entered, candidates are required to select a test date and venue.
Step 4 - Recheck Your Details
Candidates are given the opportunity to recheck their registration details before payment. would be then required to revise their order one last time before going ahead with the payment. Changes to test date and venue can also be made without incurring any extra cost.
Step 5 - Payment
Payment can be easily made online using the following credit or debit card
You can also use a valid Pearson PTE discount voucher to help reduce the cost of a standard PTE test. These vouchers are usually available through registered Pearson PTE partner institutions (institutions which offer paid PTE coaching).
To utilise these vouchers, you simply have to enter your voucher code when registering for the exam, in the box that states, ‘apply voucher code’.
No other forms of payment are currently accepted. Once your payment has been made. Candidates will receive an acknowledgement receipt and a confirmation email. Your confirmation email will include confirmation of your booking and payment.
Which Documents Do You Need To Book Your Exam?
The most acceptable form of identification needed for booking the PTE academic exam is a valid passport.
Your passport must meet the following requirements:
If, for any reason, your passport or identification number does not match the number used during the registration process, you will not be able to sit for exam, and you will also not be reimbursed for any fees paid.
When Is The Best Time To Book Your PTE Test?
There are many factors to consider when booking your test. Firstly, it's important to take into consideration your application dates and deadlines. keep in mind that it takes up to one week for universities and other organizations to receive your results. If you do not obtain the required scores on your first attempt of the PTE test, then you would also need sufficient time to prepare and take a second test.
Do not book your test before you start preparing for the test. Students often book their exam under false assumptions about the test's difficulty and their actual levels of English Language proficiency and realize, all too late, that they have made a great error in judgement about the time they need to prepare. It's much better to prepare first and then book your test. Use the time between your preparation and booked test date to continually improve your skills through practice with official PTE Tests.
Eligibility Requirements For Taking PTE Academic Test?
Many students wonder if they can or need to register for or take the PTE exam. There is no minimum educational qualification needed in order to take the PTE Academic test. However, there are age limits. To take the exam you must be at least 16 years old. Candidates that are below the age of 18 are also required to get a parental consent form signed before they sit for the exam.
If you feel that you are not currently at a level of English language proficiency that is necessary for the PTE exam, then you should consider enrolling for an PTE preparation course with an experienced PTE tutor.
Who Should Take The Exam?
You should consider taking either PTE Academic exam if you fall into any one of the categories below.
When Is Better Not To Register For The PTE Exam?
The PTE exam is an advanced language skills test, and it is designed to be taken by candidates who are at an intermediate or higher level of English. Most PTE test takers are at a score level of between 30 to 50, and to be honest, if you are at a level lower than that you probably should not even be considering attempting the PTE exam until you have sufficiently improved your basic English language skills.
In such cases, it would be better to enroll in a general English course, to improve your basic skills before you tackle the PTE exam.
You should also not book an exam if it is not really a requirement of any of the tertiary institutions or visa immigration systems that you are applying to. Therefore, it is really important to make doubly sure of the conditions and requirements of the organizations you are applying to.
Honestly, you should only book your test is when your English level is at its best and you are well aware of the strategies and skills needed to ace your exam. It's much better to prepare first and then book your test. Use the time between your preparation and booked test date to continually improve your skills through practice with official PTE Tests. This can greatly help you to get PTE results you need.
What Happens If I Have Entered The Incorrect Details When Booking My PTE Test?
When you book the PTE exam, you will be required to enter a number of personal details including your passport number. Your personal details must match the information that is present on your current passport and identity document. If you make an error while entering your personal details, you can correct or change them (except for your date of birth) before 24 hours of your scheduled test date. You need to simply need to login into the Pearson PTE website using the same login credentials you used to register for the exam.
In order to make any other changes to your date of birth, a request has to be made to Pearson Customer service department. You will be emailed a corresponding form, which needs to be filled in with the correct details and information. You will also be required to pay a small processing fee. Such a request takes around 3 – 5 working days to process and candidates will not be able to make a personal detail amendment request within 24 hours of their scheduled test date.
What Happens If I Don’t Receive A Payment Confirmation After Paying for My Test?
Once you have booked and paid for your test it's important to make sure you receive a confirmation email that gives you a booking payment update and provides information about your test date and test location. If you do not receive such confirmation or have any other exam enquiries, then you can visit your PTE test centre in person or call them to confirm your booking. Students who do not have any official form of confirmation will not be allowed to sit for the exam, even if they have made a full payment online.
What Happens If I Register For The PTE Academic For The Second Time?
If you’re in the unfortunate position of having to take the exam for the second time, due to not achieving your desired score, then you will have to complete exactly the same booking procedure as before. The Pearson verified account that you previously created will still be valid, and you can use this to login into the official Pearson PTE website. You will have to pay the full registration fee, and you will not be allowed to use any PTE voucher codes. There is also no option to only retake only the modules in which to improve your score. In short you will have to sit for the entire test again.
Taking the exam multiple times can be quite expensive for the average student, which is why I must reiterate that it's absolutely important to be prepared before you even consider booking your test.
Recent PTE Booking Scams
Pearson advises that students register and pay for the exams by themselves. One of the main reasons for this is that there have been a number of cases in which unsuspecting candidates have been approached by third parties offering PTE Academic booking services at reduced rates. Once these fraudulent payments are detected by Pearson, the candidate in question will have their Pearson PTE account suspended indefinitely. They will not be allowed to take the PTE exam again. In order to avoid such an issue, if you are intending to ask another person or organization to make your booking, make sure that you know and trust them.