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PTE

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests four modules of the language Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills. Question types are in integrated format, for example, Reading and Writing tasks tests are conducted in interconnected manner. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment hence, it is the most secured and trusted test pattern. The most amazing attribute of this test is that you get your results very quickly; in about 5 days.

About PTE:

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is a computer based English competency test, conducted at a secured Pearson test centre. It is a three hour test session, which is held on single day. (Unlike IELTS which is conducted on two separate days). PTE Academic has common test pattern for both Academic and General Aspirants.

Facilities We Provide

  • Air-conditioned classrooms & library
  • Computer based training
  • Software based training
  • Headphones & personal computers for listening & speaking practice

Scoring Pattern

All items in PTE Academic are machine scored using PTE Academic’s automated scoring system. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response. Formal aspects refer to the form of the response: for example, whether it is over or under the word limit for a particular item type. The quality of the response is represented in the enabling skills. For example, in the item type Re-tell lecture the response is scored on skills such as oral fluency and pronunciation. There are two types of scoring: correct or incorrect, and partial scoring.

Correct or incorrect: If responses are correct, a score of 1 score point will be given, but if they are incorrect, no score points are awarded.

IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than140 countries. Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays

Partial credit : Other item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If responses to these items are correct, the maximum score points available for each item type will be received, but if they are partly correct, some score points will be given, but less than the maximum available for the item type. If responses are incorrect, no score points will be received.

Communicative skills scores

The communicative skills measured are listening, reading, speaking and writing. Items testing these communicative skills also test specific sub skills. For integrated skills items (that Is, those assessing reading and speaking, listening and speaking, reading and writing, listening and writing, or listening and reading) the item score contributes to the score for the communicative skills that the item assesses. The score range for each skill is 10–90 points.

Enabling skills scores

The enabling skills are used to rate performance in the productive skills of speaking and writing. The enabling skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse. The scores for enabling skills are based on performance on only those items that assess these skills specifically. The score range for each skill is 10–90 points.

• The enabling skills reported are described as follows:

Grammar Correct use of language with respect to word form and word order at the sentence level.

Oral fluency Smooth, effortless and natural-paced delivery of speech.

Pronunciation Production of speech sounds in a way that is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. Regional or national varieties of English pronunciation are considered correct to the degree that they are easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Spelling Writing of words according to the spelling rules of the language. All national variations are considered correct, but one spelling convention should be used consistently in a given response.

Vocabulary Appropriate choice of words used to express meaning, as well as lexical range.

Written discourse Correct and communicatively efficient production of written language at the textual level. Written discourse skills are represented in the structure of a written text, its internal coherence, logical development and the range of linguistic resources used to express meaning precisely.

With PTE Academic you can see:

  • Overall score.
  • Speaking score
  • Listening score
  • Reading score
  • Writing score
  • Grammar score
  • Spelling score
  • Oral Fluency score
  • Vocabulary score
  • Written discourse score

Result validity

PTE Academic scores are valid for up to two years from the date of the exam

Test format

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 Minutes)

In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes.

To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.

The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay (20 mins)

Part 2: Reading (32 – 41 Minutes)

In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.

  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)

Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.

For each question you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answer
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

Why PTE??

1.Artificial intelligence

AI scoring means that its not simply a single human assessing your English language skills, but a very clever algorithm that mimics how human markers would score, based on many, many responses.

2.Unbiased scoring

When you take the PTE Academic test, what you say is graded by AI against thousands of previous responses. What this means is that you’re graded only on what you say, not your accent or anything else

3.Flexible testing & fast results

Thanks to the use of market leading technology, PTE Academic offers all test takers incredible flexibility. Test taker results are typically delivered in just 5 business days and furthermore, PTE Academic offers global testing in more than 250 test centers in over 50 countries.

4.Send your score unlimited times for free

PTE Academic proudly gives all test takers the freedom to send your scores to as many organizations as you like, without an additional fee. This freedom gives you even greater opportunity to achieve your dreams.

5.Unlimited acceptance for study & migration applications

PTE Academic is accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programs around the world. It is also approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications.

General test-taking tips

Make the most of those spare minutes to practice your skills.

  • Make sure you have the correct documentation and ID to take with you to the test center as listed here.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to reach the test center.
  • Read all test instructions carefully.
  • Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc.
  • Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about ‘sport’ NOT ‘science’.
  • Keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks.
  • Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording.
  • Do not spend too much time on a single question.
  • Spend any available time checking your answers.

Improve your PTE Academic score

The starting point for achieving a better score on PTE Academic is understanding your current English proficiency level.

Overall score is based on your performance on all test questions, so focus on the weaker areas and plan accordingly to increase your skills up to the desired level.

Understand how the test is scored

All questions in PTE Academic are 100% machine scored. Scores for some questions are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.

Formal aspects refer to the form of the response: for example, whether it is over or under the word limit for a particular question type.

The quality of the response is represented in the enabling skills: for example, in the question type Re-tell lecture, the response is scored on skills such as oral fluency and pronunciation.

Consider taking an English course

We all learn in different ways and perhaps using a coursebook by yourself might not be the most effective way of reaching your full potential. There are preparation courses offered around the world, both face-to-face and online, to help you familiarize with the test and improve your English skills.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Make the most of those spare minutes to practice your skills.

  • Complete 5 or 10 minute practice activities each day to keep building your knowledge.
  • Practice speaking English at your home, school or workplace.
  • Join English-speaking groups, they offer the opportunity to practice both speaking and listening skills.
  • Read widely from sources like newspapers, magazines, academic journals and books.
  • Listen to English speaking media, like television (use English subtitles if available) and radio broadcasts.
  • Observe native speakers and listen to the language used in different contexts