Canada Accepts PTE Core Now

Canada started accepting the PTE Core test 

for all immigration pathways on January 30th, 2024.

by | Feb 6, 2024 | News

This means candidates for Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, and other immigration purposes can now use PTE Core to demonstrate their English language proficiency. You can also choose PTE Core if you are applying for Canadian citizenship.

But what is PTE core?

PTE Core is a computer-based English language test designed to assess your general speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. It’s an alternative to popular tests like IELTS and here’s a breakdown of its key features:

It’s a roughly 2-hour test that consists of speaking and writing combined, reading and listening. It’s delivered on the computer and has a 10-90 scoring system.


Test Format:

Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Sections: Speaking & Writing (combined), Reading, and Listening
Delivery: Computer-based test with audio recordings and text passages
Scoring: Automated scoring with human oversight, providing an overall score (10-90) and individual scores for each skill (10-90)


PTE has some advantages that can make it an attractive test for some English learners:

Faster results: You can typically receive your scores within 48 hours.
Flexible scheduling: Tests are available very frequently.
No human examiner bias: Scoring is purely objective and based on a sophisticated AI engine.

But of course PTE has its downsides too

First of all, while PTE Core is gaining recognition, it might not be accepted by every university or immigration authority in case you decide to use it for destinations other than Canada.

Second, it is only computer-delivered. Some individuals may prefer a face-to-face interaction with an examiner – something that IELTS can offer them.

Finally, compared to IELTS and other well-established tests, the availability of practice materials and courses might be lower.



Not accepted by all institutions

Computer-based format

Limited preparation resources


Now what do YOU think? Are you going to take PTE instead of IELTS for your Canadian immigration? Write your preference in the comments section below and if you’re thinking of immigrating to Canada, make sure to watch this video about English tests and Canadian visas now!

About the Test:

What is PTE Core?

PTE Core is a computer-based English language test for work and migration purposes. It assesses your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Is PTE Core accepted for Canadian immigration?

Yes, since January 30th, 2024, Canada accepts PTE Core for all immigration pathways except the Student Direct Stream.

How long does the PTE Core test take?

Approximately 2 hours.

What are the different sections of the test?

Speaking & Writing (combined), Reading, and Listening.

How is the test scored?

Automated scoring with human oversight. You receive an overall score (10-90) and individual scores for each skill (10-90).

Taking the Test:

Where can I take the PTE Core test?

Test centers are available in numerous countries and cities worldwide. Check the official Pearson website for locations.

How much does the test cost?

Fees vary depending on location. Typically, it ranges from around USD 330 to USD 390.

How can I register for the test?

You can register online through the Pearson website.

What do I need to bring on test day?

A valid government-issued ID and your confirmation email.

How long does it take to receive my results?

Typically within 48 hours after the test.

Preparing for the Test:

What are some good resources for preparing for the PTE Core test?

The official Pearson website offers practice materials, sample questions, and test guides.

You can also find various preparation courses and materials online and in bookstores.

What are some tips for doing well on the PTE Core test?

Familiarize yourself with the test format and question types.

Practice regularly with mock tests and sample questions.

Focus on improving your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in general.

Manage your time effectively during the test.

Is PTE Core easier than IELTS or TOEFL?

Difficulty is subjective and depends on individual strengths and weaknesses. PTE Core focuses on real-world communication scenarios and has some unique task types.


Is PTE Core accepted by universities?

While gaining recognition, not all universities accept PTE Core. Check with the specific institution you are applying to.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking the PTE Core test?

Advantages: faster results, flexible scheduling, objective scoring, real-world focus.

Disadvantages: not universally accepted, computer-based format, fewer preparation resources.

Is PTE Core easier than IELTS or TOEFL?

Difficulty is subjective and depends on individual strengths and weaknesses. PTE Core focuses on real-world communication scenarios and has some unique task types.

About the Author

About the Author

CEO and Co-founder of Juice Academy

Mehdi Safavi is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA Grade A), IDP-trained IELTS expert, Sussex Downs College TESOL with 17+ years of teaching & teacher training experience. More about him →

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