What to do on Test Day

Taking the PTE Academic exam soon?

Here’s a rundown of the check in process to guide you on test day.

PTE Academic exam is conducted at a secure exam center, where you will need to show your ID, check in with the Test Administrator, and sit your exam in a secure computer room.

When you arrive at the Pearson test center on test day, the exam Center Administrators will guide you through the check in process to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the rules and procedures.

They will request copies of your ID, ask for a digital photograph and signature, scan your palm, assign you a locker to check-in your belongings, and ensure you are ready for your exam.

 Most PTE Academic test centers can accomodate around 10 test takers at a time on test day. You will be sitting in a partitioned booth with other candidates around you so you may be able to hear your neighbors speak as they take their exam, but you will be responding to slightly different questions.


During the exam, you will have a QWERTY keyboard, if you are not used to this type of keyboard it may help to practice.



  1. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your exam on test day, to check in and pass security.
  2. Don’t forget to bring acceptable ID, usually a passport.


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