How many types of essays are there in PTE?

Broadly speaking, there are four types of essay topics in the PTE test. This post will discuss this matter with some examples for each topic.

1. Argument type

In this type of PTE essay topic, you are presented with two options and you are supposed to stick to one side and support it. For example;

Teenage offenders should be treated in the same way as adult criminals. Do you agree or disagree?

2. Discussion type (Advantage or disadvantage)

In this type of essay, PTE candidates are supposed to write about a particular part of a topic that the content writer highlights. The following is a good example.

In the future, it may be scientifically possible for people to live for 150 years. This could be good news for individuals but it may have negative consequences for our society. What are the benefits and risks of people living to 150?  

3. Problem-solution type

As the name implies, PTE candidates are presented with a problem and they are supposed to write about possible solutions to it. Here is an example:

Some people say that the Internet is responsible for destroying social skills of teenagers and young adults. Why do you think the Internet is seen as dangerous in this way and what can we do to ensure that it does not harm the social development of teenagers and young people?  

4. Opinion type

As it says on the tin, PTE candidates need to express their opinion on a particular topic. The following topics are real PTE essay topics:

Who do you think is the most influential person in the world? Support your choice with examples.


What do you think is the most important invention of the last century? Give reasons and examples where necessary.

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