PTE, Pearson Test of English Academic is the computer-based academic English Proficiency test. It is the digital method of assessing Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills of non native English speakers and is widely accepted for student and migration application in UK, Australia and New Zealand.
PTE offers global testing in more than 295 test centers in over 50 countries. It is a computer based test with the use of computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to the questions. The test session is 3 hours that incorporates three different parts: speaking and writing (together), listening and writing.
PTE Academic Test Format
Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)
This section is to test the speaking and writing skills.
The speaking section consists of questions to check the ability for everyday conversation and includes Read Aloud, Repeat Sentence, Describe Image, Re-tell Lecture, Answer Short Question.
The writing section has two question type; Essay writing and Summarize written text. The number of question varies from exam to exam. The key skills required for this section are: Identifying key purpose, Developing structure, Including proper paragraph, Writing descriptive, Organizing, Note Writing and Understanding the structure. Get the tips and strategies to develop your skills here. (Link: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/format/english-speaking-writing/describe-image/)
Part 2: Reading (32 – 40 minutes)
Reading section is Part 2 of the test that assesses the reading skill. This section contains 15-20 integrated but independent items. The format is designed to test the ability to read, write and listen to provided information in English. The composition includes re-ordering paragraphs, multiple-choice, and fill in the blank. It is advisable to read the complete the instructions given on the screen before beginning. Be sure not extend word limit specified on the screen. Prepare your reading skills now. (Link: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/format/english-reading/reading-and-writing-fill-in-the-blanks/)
Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 minutes)
The final section, listening part is based on the audio or video clips which are played only once. It includes summarization of the spoken test and multiple choice questions based on the clips. The required skills are: Recognizing indicators, Drawing conclusion, Identifying definitions, explicit details, Organizing data and Understanding language. Enhance your skills in listening with the resources. (Link: https://pearsonpte.com/the-test/format/english-listening/summarize-spoken-text/)
The PTE Academic Score Report includes your overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores. The range for the overall score is 10-90 points which reflects the overall English language ability. The score is based on performance on all items in the test.
Score range is 10-90 points for communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which are based on all test items that assess these skills.
Scores for enabling skills (grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse) are based on all test items assessing these skills. The range for each enabling skill score is 10-90 points.
The display of the scores is in a graphic presentation. This allows to quickly see ones strengths and weaknesses, and how each skill relates to the overall performance.