Preparation for the PTE Academic

Gain advanced English and professional communication skills to help you excel in your PTE Academic test. Ensure you achieve the highest score possible to take your study or career goals to the next level.

‘Preparation for the PTE Academic’ is a course designed to give you extensive practice and knowledge of the PTE Academic test types.

Why PTE Academic?

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration.

  • Fast results typically available within five business days.
  • Fair and secure with computer-based marking and palm-scanning for security
  • Real life language
  • Send your scores to unlimited institutions
  • Accepted by universities, TAFEs and professional associations around the world
  • Approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications

Canberra Institute of Technology Library at CIT Reid is an official test centre for PTE Academic.


Monday - Friday:

Class: 9.30-11.30am | Break: 11.30am-12.00pm | Class: 12.00-2.00pm

  • Course Details

    Preparation for the Pearson Test of English Academic (PPTEA)
    CRICOS: 099898A | National ID: N/A

  • Course Duration

    10 weeks

  • Course Intake

    Semester 1, 2021: April
    Semester 2, 2021: July, October

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2020-2021: $4,200

    Fees include a B2 Coursebook and a PTE Academic test (upon successful completion of the course).

    Extra Fees:


  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2021 and 2022 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 79, PTE Academic 58

  • Course Subjects

    Preparation for the Pearson Test of English Academic (PPTEA)

    • PPTEA Reading
    • PPTEA Writing
    • PPTEA Speaking
    • PPTEA Listening

    Subject themes:

    • Read aloud and repeat sentences.
    • Describe images, re-tell lectures and answer short questions.
    • Summarise written texts and write essays.
    • Read multiple-choice questions and fill in the blanks.
    • Reorder paragraphs, reading and writing.
    • Listen to and summarise spoken text.
    • Select missing word, highlight incorrect words, and write from dictation.
    • Consolidation, revision and practice tests.
  • Likely Job Outcome

    These courses prepare students for further study at CIT or university, or to join the workforce in Australia or in their country of origin that require a proficiency in English language.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Our teachers are professionally qualified, enthusiastic and very helpful. They provide interactive classes which encourage participation and promote self-confidence. The teachers use a variety of modern teaching methods including class room delivery, lectures, tutorials, discussion groups, computer assisted learning, portable electronic devices and online materials to deliver courses.

    CIT has modern facilities for teaching and learning which include classrooms, lecture theatres, libraries, 24 hour computer laboratories, portable electronic devices, a language laboratory, study centres, flexible learning centres and individual tutorial assistance, as well as friendly informal conversation groups. Interactive computerised whiteboards are also used to enhance learning.

    A combination of formative and summative assessment tasks will be used. All assessment tasks will be completed throughout the course. Assessments are contextualised to meet the learning goals, and are based on the PTEA test types.

    The PTEA is assessed using a fully automated scoring system and while marking criteria will be based as closely as possible on the official Pearson PTE Academic Score Guide summative results cannot be used as an indicative measure of a student’s actual performance in the PTEA.

    Note that this course is aimed at students who are already reasonably proficient in English and want to achieve a PTEA score in a higher bracket.

    Learning Outcomes


    Confidence in spoken English, including extended phrases, and advanced grammatical and syntactic elements for use in an academic context.


    Confidence listening to spoken English (in a variety of accents), including English used in an academic context and recognising definitions, examples, explanations, generalisations, clarification and emphasis.


    Confidence reading English, including academic English, and recognising synonyms, antonyms, suffixes, prefixes, word families, collocation and idioms used in an academic context.


    Confidence writing English, which includes analysing essay structures, determining a writer’s purpose and audience, and chronological and logical sequencing of ideas to support an argument.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Completion of Preparation for the PTE Academic gives students the opportunity to sit a PTE Academic test on the Reid campus.

    This test, and high level of English proficiency, can help students gain direct entry into the Diploma of Nursing.

    Preparation for the PTE Academic
    10 weeks
    Diploma of Nursing
    other further study at CIT or university