What is PTE General
PTE General (Pearson Test of English General) is an internationally recognized English language test designed to allow test takers the freedom to demonstrate how well they can use English. PTE General exams were introduced in 1992 by University of London Examination Board.
The emphasis of PTE General is on practical language skills – the ability to use the language effectively in social, working and study environments.
PTE General exam is for students and adult learners to certify their language ability for travel, further education and better employment prospects.
Common European Framework (CEF)
The 6 levels in PTE General are designed to be aligned to the CEF
All levels are awarded by Edexcel and accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK.
Pearson Test of English - General
Fixed grade boundaries give test-takers a clear idea about what is needed in order to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction and make understanding candidate performance easier for teachers and parents.
Tests are reported in the following ways:
PTE General Level A1 - Level 4
Pass: 50 or above
Merit: between 60 and 69 Distinction: 70 or above
PTE General Level 5
Pass: 60 or above
Merit: between 70 and 79 Distinction: 80 or above
PTE General certificates do not expire
The certificates state the formal Ofqual accredited titles and levels along with the corresponding Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) levels.
The table below shows how the PTE General levels correspond to the ESOL International accredited titles and to the CEF levels.
ESOL International Accredited title
PTE General Level
Edexcel Entry 1 certificate in ESOL International
Edexcel Entry 2 certificate in ESOL International
Edexcel Entry 3 certificate in ESOL International
Edexcel Level 1 certificate in ESOL International
Edexcel Level 2 certificate in ESOL International
Edexcel Level 3 certificate in ESOL International