PTE (Pearson Test of English)

CRICOS Course Code: 097482G

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is designed to prepare international students for the General and Academic Training Modules of the test. The course focuses on assisting students to practice examination techniques, as well as to develop the necessary skills required to achieve the desired PTE score. Independent learning and research skills are built into the course to introduce participants to the conventions of tertiary study (higher education/university) in Australia. Individual study plans are developed for each students to work on personalised areas of improvement to achieve their study goals.

Course Duration/Fees

Full-time: Minimum enrolment 4 weeks for a stand-alone course
(Classes are rostered for 2½ days per week + self-study component. Full Time studies requires students to attend a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week)
Tuition Fees: $200 per week
Application Fees: $250
Resources Fee: $20 per week
Testing fee: $50 applies for students studying less than 10 weeks, if they choose to sit for a mock test
A full mock PTE test is included in the program for all students studying 10 weeks or more.
Timetable: 4.30am to 10pm Monday to Thursday

The delivery methods for this course include

  • Face-to-face learning through flexible delivery options, adjusted to suit different learning styles and needs of students.
  • Learning takes place through a combination of authentic materials and specifically prepared learning experiences including lectures & tutorials, discussions, role-plays, presentations, guest lecturers, individual and group activities, web-based research, online activities and shared experiences.

Entry Requirements

Course available for those 18 years and over.

English Entry Requirements: Students entering this course will require a level of English which allows them to understand and attempt the tasks required in preparation for the PTE test. In order to be placed in this course, students will be required to either:

  • achieve a satisfactory result in an ELICOS placement test conducted by KCBT
  • provide evidence of existing English proficiency level (via an internationally recognised testing score) or recognised ELICOS level as deemed equivalent by KCBT
Academic Requirements: While there are no specific educational pre-requisites for entry into this course, it is anticipated that a majority of students will have completed Year 10 or equivalent.


Weekly – Please contact us for more details.

Compulsory Orientation Sessions: Students must attend the compulsory, comprehensive Orientation Session and Placement Test prior to being permitted to enter class. If a student misses the orientation session and is unable to provide an approved compassionate or compelling reason, the student will not be able to enter the class that week and will need to attend the orientation session the following week – please note, this will have an impact on the student’s attendance requirements

Course Content

PTE Academic preparation course (Intermediate Level)

On campus (Face-to-Face
On campus (Face-to-Face
On campus (Face-to-Face
On campus (Face-to-Face
Session 1 (AM)
8:30 - 10:15 am

Speaking Focus
- Can introduce themselves & ask for someone’s name in return.
- Can give brief information about their job.
Reading Focus
Reading Activity:
- Can recognise numbers 1 to 10 in words

Review and Formative Test
Morning Tea Break
10:15 - 10:30am
Break Break Break
Session 2 (AM) Mon -Tues
10:30 - 12:30 pm

Session 2 (AM) Wed
10:30 – 1:30 pm
Listening Focus
- Can listen & spell words
- Can listen & recognise numbers
Writing Focus
- Can write about themselves
- Job vocabulary

Review and Formative Test
Lunch Break
12:30 - 01:00pm
Break Break Break
Session 3 (PM)
01:00 – 3:15 pm
Reading & Writing Focus
- Can identify words in a conversation
Listening Focus
Listening Activity:
- Can listen for personal information.

Afternoon Tea Break
03:15 - 03:30pm
Break Break Break
Session 4 (PM)
03:30 – 5:00 pm
Writing Focus Writing Activity:
- Can write about themselves.
- Job Vocabulary
Speaking & Writing Focus
- Can ask for & give basic personal information
- Can start & end brief conversations.
- Can ask questions



Assessments will be formative to assist in assessing progress and summative for a final assessment of the student’s ability (English Proficiency level). Assessment can take place through; in-class activities, formal and informal tests, revision quizzes, interviews, pair work and group work, research assignments and computer-based tasks.

Study Pathway and Career Opportunities

Students enrolling in this course will ideally have the specific study objective to attain a specific result in an internationally recognised certificate of English language proficiency, as evidence of their English level to either provide a pathway for migration purposes or to enter and complete a tertiary level course in a mainstream Australian tertiary institution.

Additionally, the English language skills obtained during this course will enable students to progress in their careers, improving their communication skills within an English-speaking environment.