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PTE Overview

The PTE Academic is a computer-based test of English. It is designed to measure the academic English abilities of candidates who wish to demonstrate their level of achievement to professional and government organizations as well as educational institutions.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) has been developed in accordance with the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) OR Council of Europe (CEF), 2001 which is widely accepted as a standard of ability or performance in language testing.

Part of Test Section Item Type Time allowed
Introduction     Not timed
Part I: Speaking + Writing Section 1 Personal Introduction 1 Minute
  Section 2
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat Sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Re-tell Lecture
  • Answer Short Question
20 Minutes
  Section 3 - 4 Summarize Written Text or Write Essay 20 Minutes
  Section 5 Summarize Written Text or Write Essay 20 Minutes
  Section 6 Write Esssay 20 Minutes
Part 2 Reading  
  • Multiple Choice, Choose Single answer
  • Multiple choice, Choose multiple answers
  • Re-order Paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks
20 Minutes
Part 3 Listening Section I Summarize spoken text 20 - 30 Minutes
  Section 2
  • Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlights correct summary
  • Multiple- choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlights incorrect words
  • Write from dictation
20 - 30 Minutes
SCORING

All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are centered on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of your response.

TYPE OF SCORING

There are two types of scoring

Correct or Incorrect:

Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If you responses to these items are correct, you will receive the maximum score points available for each item type. If your responses are incorrect, you will receive no score points.

Partial Credit:

If your responses to these items are correct, you will receive the maximum score points available for each item type. If you will receive same score points and if you responses are incorrect you will receive no score points

PART OF TEST ITEM TYPE SKILLS ASSESSED TYPE OF SCORING
Part 1: Speaking and Writing
  • Personal Introduction
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat Sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Re-tell Lecture
  • Answer Short Question
  • Summarize Written Text
  • Write Essay
  • Not assessed
  • Reading and speaking
  • Listening and speaking
  • Speaking
  • Listening and speaking
  • Listening and speaking
  • Reading and Writing
  • Writing
  • Un-scored
  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit
  • Correct/ Incorrect
  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit
Part 2: Reading
  • Multiple-Choice, Choose single answer
  • Multiple-Choice, Choose single answer
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading

  • Reading

  • Reading
  • Reading

  • Reading and writing
  • Correct/incorrect

  • Partial credit

  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit

  • Partial credit
Part 3: Reading
  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple-Choice, Choose single answer
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation
  • Listening and writing
  • Listening

  • Listening and writing
  • Listening and writing

  • Listening

  • Listening
  • Listening and writing

  • Listening and writing
  • Partial credit
  • Partial credit

  • Partial credit
  • Correct / incorrect

  • Correct / incorrect

  • Correct / incorrect
  • Partial credit

  • Partial credit
SCORING

PTE Academic reports an

OVERALL SCORE

The score range for the overall score is 10 - 90 points

It is based on your performance on all test items

COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS SCORE

The score range for each communicative skill is 10 - 90 points

The skills measured are listening, reading, speaking and writing

ENABLING SKILLS SCORE

The score range for each Enabling skill is 10 - 90 points

The skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse.

 

 

 

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