Preparation for the PTE Academic

Gain advanced English and professional communication skills to 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.

"Lack of preparation can affect your performance in the test. Practice is essential."

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

  • Course Duration

    10 weeks

  • Course Intake

    Semester 1, 2019: 23 April
    Semester 2, 2019: 15 July, 30 September

    Semester 1, 2020: 10 February, 27 April
    Semester 2, 2020: 20 July, 6 October

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:


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

  • *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 happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2019 and 2020 fees subject to change.

  • Course Subjects - Preparation for the Pearson Test of English Academic (PPTEA)
    Course subjects:

    • 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.

  • Job Opportunities

    This course provides advanced English and professional communication skills to prepare students for further study at CIT or university, or to return to jobs in their country of origin that require a high 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.

    Students will be assessed using both formal and informal methods. These include observation of role-plays and pair work, interviews, practical exercises, written tests and observation of group and class work. Assessment tasks will be contextualised and realistic.

    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.