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If you need to pass an English language test for your visa or studies, you may be asking yourself – how much time should I set aside to prepare for the PTE language test? 

Those looking for an easy answer will be disappointed because there is no one-size-fits-all approach. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prepare for an English language test. We’ve put together this useful explainer of ways you can prepare for the PTE (Pearson Test of English), one of the most commonly used English tests. 

Whether you have a year to prepare or you’re wondering how to prepare for PTE in a week, E2 Test Prep has resources to suit your time and budget that will boost your confidence and, more importantly, your test score. 

Understand the structure of PTE test

There are three sections in the PTE test: Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening. The PTE focuses on English found in an academic environment.

Speaking & Writing

This is the longest section of the test. It takes up to 67 minutes. You will be required to do a personal introduction based on the audio passage you will hear. The introduction section is entirely meant for you to become familiar with the test structure and does not affect your score. Once you complete the introduction, you will answer the rest of the sections recording your voice or writing according to the instructions provided.

PTE Listening & Writing question types 2022.

If you want to get into more detail on how to answer each of the sections we recommend creating your PTE account at E2 Test Prep or watching our video on the topic.


This section is 30 minutes long. Here you will find different texts of academic nature and some questions after each one. Keep in mind: The PTE is an integrated test. That means that any answer in the reading section that requires you to write will impact your writing final score.


The listening section lasts up to 43 minutes.  You will hear different conversations that range from informal conversations to academic lectures.

How to prepare for PTE at home with high-quality materials

When preparing for the PTE test, it’s important you use high-quality PTE preparation material. This will ensure you are preparing in line with the requirements of the test. 

E2 offers a range of high-quality PTE preparation packages, which you can use to study PTE online. Depending on your budget and timeline, you can choose a bronze, silver or gold package from E2. While your success is ultimately in your hands, these packages give you the best possible chance to pass PTE on the first go and obtain a high score.

PTE Academic Bronze 

The bronze package gives you six months of access to the materials provided and contains both a mock test and many practice questions and assessments to help you understand what areas you need to work on to succeed. It also includes a one-on-one tutorial with a teacher, which will give you valuable, personalised feedback on your performance. 

PTE Academic Silver

In addition to the features listed above, the silver package includes an additional tutorial with a teacher. This means you could complete the mock test and then have a one-on-one tutorial with an expert, giving you even more insight into where you have performed well or need to improve. The silver package gives you nine months of access to the materials, which is excellent for those who have begun studying well in advance. 

PTE Academic Gold package

The gold package includes all the features of bronze and silver. It contains an additional one-on-one tutorial with a teacher, giving students access to over two hours of personalised feedback and training.  

If you’re not ready to commit to a package, E2 has a broad range of free PTE exercises and materials you can use to supercharge your test preparation. 

A great place to start is with E2’s YouTube channel and podcast. These resources will help you get into the swing of test preparation. You can even go through a full free PTE mock test on Youtube, hosted by our E2 experts, Jay and Mark. 

Taking a full mock test with E2 will help you understand where you need to improve to achieve your desired score. You can purchase a Mock test through your E2 Test Prep account. It is a real-life test simulation including a timer and a realistic grade, and you will receive personalised feedback you can use to improve your result. 

For those who like to multitask, a podcast is a handy way to prepare as you can listen in and learn while preparing dinner for the family, commuting or doing some exercise. With a new episode every week, the Everyday English podcast will help you improve your English fluency. 

If you love podcasts, you can’t miss Everyday English with E2. There’s a new episode every week!

Set realistic expectations

One way to help you understand your current language skills and what you can hope to achieve in the time you have available is to take the E2English placement test

This 30-minute test is available for free, and the results will act as a diagnostic tool to help you understand your overall English language skills. It’s a great tool if you’re trying to figure out what language level course you should enrol in, so make sure you set aside time to complete it. 

Your personal circumstances will decide how well you can prepare – but remember, everybody can find a way to approach the PTE test as prepared as possible. E2 is committed to making it as easy as possible to achieve your English language goals, no matter your situation. 

Some of you might be asking yourselves, ‘can I prepare if I’m a single parent?’ or ‘can I study for PTE while at home with a baby?’ The answer is yes. Just remember that if you have significant obligations outside of your test preparation, you may need to begin preparing earlier than someone else with more free time. 

How to prepare for PTE in a month

If you’ve found yourself pressed for time and need to prepare for PTE in a hurry, investing in the E2 PTE express package is a great option to help you prepare for PTE in a month. 

The PTE 30 day course includes live classes and recordings in case you miss one. With these resources at your disposal, you’ll become more comfortable for your coming test day. 

If you have a specific skill you would like to reinforce, there are also speaking and Writing Intensive packages at your disposal to focus on each skill respectively.

Check our video on how to prepare for PTE in 30 days

Find ways to prepare for your test without stress

Test preparation doesn’t have to be stressful. You can do simple things to help your English skills along, even in your downtime. For instance, hop on the E2 TikTok channel. Here you can practice and learn English without pressure.

We also have a PTE youtube channel with heaps of free content on how to prepare for the general and academic versions of the test. Here you can find very useful videos like how to pass PTE in 2022 which help you learn at your own pace.

Did you know E2 Test Prep is an official partner of Pearson Education, the owner of PTE?

Join over 1.5 million students that have passed their exams with E2 Test Prep. Click here to find out more!

Our final advice to you

Learning English can seem a daunting experience, but you can take simple steps immediately to start your journey to English proficiency and an excellent PTE score. Sign up to E2 Test Prep, make use of all our learning resources and tune into our podcast and Youtube channel. We assure you’ll feel closer to your English learning goals day by day. 

All Comments 2
  • So far I have been following Jay on youtube for preparation towards my exam. I haven’t register, want to familiarize myself with pte before I register.
    I really wish to have free trial mock to check how far I have gone.
    Thank you

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