What are the different levels of the PTE General exam?

The PTE General exam offers six different levels, each corresponding to a specific proficiency level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. These levels are:

  1. Level A1 – Foundation: This level is designed for individuals who have basic English language skills. Test-takers at this level can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases to communicate in simple, routine situations.
  2. Level A2 – Elementary: At this level, candidates have a slightly higher proficiency in English. They are able to comprehend and apply common terminology as well as simple phrases pertaining to shopping, local geography, job, and family and personal information.
  3. Level B1 – Intermediate: This level indicates an intermediate proficiency in English. Test-takers at this level can understand and produce straightforward texts on familiar topics, express opinions, and participate in everyday social interactions with confidence.
  4. Level B2 – Upper Intermediate: Candidates at this level possess a solid grasp of the English language. They can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, interact fluently with native speakers, and produce detailed written and spoken English.
  5. Level C1 – Advanced: This level represents an advanced proficiency in English. Test-takers at this level can comprehend a wide range of demanding texts, engage in complex discussions on various topics, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously in both written and spoken English.
  6. Level C2 – Proficient: This is the highest level of proficiency on the PTE General exam. Candidates at this level have near-native command of the English language. They can understand virtually everything they read or hear, express themselves with precision and fluency, and use English effectively for academic, professional, or personal purposes.

Each level of the PTE General exam assesses the candidate’s language skills across four key areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The exam is designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s English language proficiency at their respective level on the CEFR scale.