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PTE Core Test: Your Comprehensive Guide to Taking in 2024


If you’re planning to take the Pearson Test of English Core (PTE Core), it’s essential to be well-prepared and informed about the test procedures and guidelines. In this blog, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to navigate the entire PTE Core process, from preparation to receiving your test results.

PTE Core: Preparation

Regardless of whether English is your first language or not, it’s recommended that all test takers prepare for the PTE Core. Pearson offers a range of resources to help you get ready.

Here are some options

PTE Core Free Short Course

This online course provides an introduction to PTE Core, offering video guidance on the test and example questions for practice. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the test format and build confidence.

PTE Core Offline Practice Test

Access free downloadable and printable Practice Tests covering all PTE Core question types. The Practice Test includes sample responses and answer explanations.

PTE Core Test Tips

Review essential dos and don’ts for the test, along with key tips to help you achieve your best score.


If you’re looking for comprehensive preparation, Pearson offers textbooks for general English learners. Visit to get the details.

PTE Core: Find a Seat

Visit to check test availability. Make sure to confirm your chosen test center, date, and time.

PTE Core: Book Your Test

To book and purchase your test, create a myPTE account. It’s crucial to read and understand the Terms and Conditions provided on page 20 of the PTE Core Test Taker Handbook before booking. Note that if you have special needs, you must request accommodation before booking your test. If you’re under 18, a Parental Consent Form must be completed and approved. Remember that you can continue your preparation after booking your test.

PTE Core: Test Day

On the day of your test, follow these important instructions

  • Arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled test time. If you’re late, you may not be allowed to take the test, and your test fee will be forfeited.
  • Read and agree to the Test Taker Agreement provided at the test center
  • Your identity will be verified by the Test Administrator, including a palm vein scan and signature.
  • The Test Administrator will explain the test center rules and regulations.
  • Store all personal belongings in secure storage facilities; you won’t have access to them until after the test.
  • Ensure that you have a valid, non-expired passport as your identification document (ID). Your ID details must match your test booking.

PTE Core: Take the Test

  • During the test, adhere to these guidelines.
  • Follow the Test Administrator’s instructions regarding when to start the test.
  • Your test will be recorded, so behave accordingly and avoid any malpractice or abusive behavior.
  • There are specific rules for each section of the test, such as speaking, listening, and writing. Follow the directions provided.
  • You cannot leave the test room until you’ve completed the test. Leaving early results in the loss of your test fees and scores.

PTE Core: Receive and Share Your Results

After taking the test, here’s what to expect:

  • You will receive an email when your Score Report is ready, typically within 48 hours (but it can take up to 5 days).
  • Sign in to your myPTE account to access your Score Report. You can share your score with institutions by providing them with your unique Score Report Code (SRC).
  • If you’re applying for a Canada visa, the Canadian government (IRCC) can access your score using your SRC.

PTE Core – Bonus Step: Additional Information

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your test, be aware of the fee policy provided in the handbook.
  • If you have special requirements, be sure to request accommodation in advance.
  • Know what comfort aids you can bring into the test room.
  • Understand the test’s security and biometric data collection procedures.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Score Report, retake policy, and options for rescores.
  • Be aware of the terms and conditions, privacy policy, and other specific considerations based on your location (e.g., Australia, Hong Kong, Mainland China)


Taking the PTE Core test is a significant step in your academic or professional journey. By following these steps and guidelines, you can ensure a smooth and successful test experience. Remember to thoroughly read the Test Taker Handbook and stay informed about any updates or changes on the official Pearson PTE website. Good luck with your PTE Core test!

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