PTE Academic

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an official English proficiency test which provides an alternative English test for non-native English speaker who require a recognised English proficiency assessment for an immigration application, tertiary study in Australia, and/or employer sponsorship.

Knights College’s PTE academic test preparation courses are designed by experts with years of experience for students who want to prepare for the PTE Academic examination. The course consists of preparation and practice for all 4 language areas – reading, listening, writing and speaking. Students will learn useful techniques for different parts of the test and this will help to ensure you perform to the best of your ability on the day of the test.

PTE Academic is accepted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as proof of English language proficiency for all visa categories. View minimum score requirements below.

Minimum Score Requirement:

English language proficiency level Test component PTE Academic Score
Functional Overall score 30
Vocational Listening 36
Reading 36
Writing 36
Speaking 36
Competent Listening 50
Reading 50
Writing 50
Speaking 50
Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 65
Reading 65
Writing 65
Speaking 65
Superior (for points tested Skilled visas) Listening 79
Reading 79
Writing 79
Speaking 79


Check DHA website for the most up to date information.

Pease check with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for the latest visa requirements.

  • Student visa (subclass 500)
  • Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Former Resident (subclass 151)
  • Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
  • Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
  • Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
  • Skilled – Recognized Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
  • Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
  • Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
  • Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
  • Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)


*Closed to new applications, but family members can apply

Knights College uses for evaluation the popular CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).  The six reference English levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency. We list here the CEFR descriptors for language proficiency level with the approximate equivalent to other global English evaluation schemes-

CEFR Level A2 or PTE Academic 24 Pre-Intermediate  You can communicate simply and understand in familiar situations but only with some difficulty
CEFR Level B1 or PTE Academic 36 Intermediate You can speak and understand reasonably well and can use basic tenses but have problems with more complex grammar and vocabulary
CEFR Level B2 or PTE Academic 51 Independent  You speak and understand well but still make mistakes and fail to make yourself understood occasionally
CEFR Level C1 or PTE Academic 67 Advanced You speaks and understand very well but sometimes have problems with unfamiliar situations and vocabulary