There are 4 PTE test centres in Melbourne:
Collins Street PLT at Cliftons
Latrobe Street Pearson Professional Centres
Bourke Street Discover English
Bourke Street – RMIT Training Pty Ltd
PLT AT CLIFTONS
Address: Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
PLT at Cliftons is one of the earliest official PTE test centre located both in Melbourne and Sydney. The layout of the test room is distributed in lines on both left and right side. The best seats are on both ends of every line.
PEARSON PROFESSIONAL CENTRES
Address: Level 14, 300 La Trobe St, Melbourne Vic 3000
Pearson Professional Centres is the first PTE test centre in Melbourne, and one of the most popular one among the test takers. The reason is not only because of its L-Shaped sitting arrangement which minimise the interference from other test takers but also the availability of 2 different headset equipment with good sound isolation. Besides, there is one small separated test seat available which is completely. This could be the ideal seat among all the test centres.
Address: 376/378 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Compared to all the other PTE centres, Discover English is relatively crowded and centre facilities are not new. However, there are a few corner seats which have the advantage, in terms of less distraction and interference. (Refer to the above Seat Map)
Address: Level 10, RMIT Building 108, 235-251 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
RMIT Training has been recently recognised as official PTE test centre since October 2015. Similar to Pearson Professional Centres, the seating of this test room is in a U-Shaped layout. Therefore, the mutual interference between each candidate is relatively low. Refer to the layout image above, there are 15 seats in total with 6 corner seats.
Pearson and RMIT might be the first choice, followed by Discover English and PLT at Cliftons for those students who think they might easily get distracted by the surrounding environment. Among all centres, it is advisable to get the corner seats as it will largely reduce the chances of being disturbed during the test. Most importantly, being fully prepared for the test and getting familiar with the PTE exam environment along with ample practice will infuse the required confidence in you. After all, it is the internal factor that become more important than external ones.
If you have taken a test in Melbourne or other cities, please rate your test centre in the comment box below. Cheers.