PTE

PTE is a computer-based test with 20 different response formats tested across three sections

– PTE speaking & writing
– PTE reading
– PTE listening

PTE is developed to give an experience one that is similar to your real life encounters in English. Usually PTE results are made available to you in five business days .

PTE TEST FORMAT

PART 1 : Speaking & Writing have 8 Questions and have duration between 77-93 minutes.
PART 2 : Reading have 15-20 Questions and have duration between 32-41 minutes.
PART 3 : Listening have 8 Questions and have duration between 45-57 minutes.
OVERALL SCORE 10-90

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What is PTE Academic Exam?

The PTE Academic exam is a computer-based English language test accepted by educational institutions around the world. Those students and aspirants who desire to go abroad for studying or immigration to a major English speaking country are required to take the PTE Academic exam to prove their English language competency.

The three-hour-long computer-based test focusses on day to day English rather than high-level English language and tests a student on his/her ability to effectively understand the language as spoken daily. The multi-level grading system ensures a better understanding of the student’s proficiency in the English language.

There are many factors that distinguish PTE Academic from its close competitors – IELTS and TOEFL. The first and foremost distinguishing aspect of the same is the scoring pattern and the results. As the tests are completely computerized, the PTE results and scores are declared much quicker, typically in 5 business days. This makes it aptly suited for students who are in a bit of a rush. Candidates looking to appear for their PTE Academic test will learn about the following PTE topics as they read along:

Recent Updates for PTE Academic Exam

This section would cover any latest developments revolving around PTE Academic for the benefit of students who are planning o appear for their PTE Academic exam.

Coronavirus Covid-19 PTE Academic Exam Alert

Due to the ongoing pandemic coronavirus COVID-19, all PTE Academic Testing has been suspending across PTE test centres in India. PTE Academic is yet to introduce the option of appearing for the PTE Academic exam from home. Candidates who have booked their PTE Academic test slots would have the option of canceling their exam for a full refund or simply rescheduling their test date at zero cost. Candidates are requested to keep an eye on this section for the latest developments.

Why take PTE Academic Exam?

PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test for non-native English speakers who wish to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills of the candidates. The test is designed in such a way that every question generally tests 2 skills together, like reading and speaking or listening and reading.

Who accepts PTE Academic Scores?

PTE Academic exam is accepted by thousands of educational institutions across the world. Apart from this, PTE Academic is also accepted by the governments of Australia and New Zealand for visa purposes. Those who aspire to go abroad for studying in a major English speaking country like the UK, Australia, USA, and Canada take the PTE Academic exam to prove their English language efficiency.

Types of PTE Exam

The Pearson Language Tests – a unit of Pearson PLC Group is responsible for conducting two formats of the English proficiency test to assess the English language skills of non-native speakers of the English language.  The two tests are PTE Academic and PTE General.

PTE Academic Exam

The PTE Academic exam is conducted round-the-year, for students looking to get admission to a university or institution. The exam consists of four sections, reading, writing, listening and speaking. The scores of the PTE Academic exam is valid for a period of two years.

PTE General Exam

The PTE General Exam is conducted thrice in a year in the months of May, June, and December. The PTE General paper-primarily consists of two papers, – a written paper and a spoken test. The PTE General Test scores are valid for life and are used to test the communication skills of the candidate.

What are the eligibility criteria for the PTE Academic Exam?

As such, there are no specific criteria set by the Pearson PLC Group – the conducting body of the PTE Academic exam. However, according to the PTE Academic eligibility criteria, students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appearing for the test. Also, candidates who are below 18 years of age need to give a parental consent form for appearing for the PTE Academic test.

PTE Exam Fee

The standard PTE Academic exam fee is Rs 13,300. In case the candidate is booking his PTE exam within 48 hours of the PTE test date, the candidate would be required to pay the PTE Late Booking Fee of Rs. 13,965.

The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) assesses the written, spoken, skills of the candidates to ensure that they are capable of studying in the international environment, with a good grasp over the universal language of English. By scoring well in this test, students can assure the admission committee as well as the visa officers that they are capable of understanding the globally accepted official language while studying on the foreign land.

A good score in the test also ensures that candidates would be able to represent their ideas, deliver presentations, work to gain international exposure, and basically function on the international front in front of foreign audiences. This helps the applicants ensure that they are ready to study amidst students from all over the world and international faculty members in the universal official language.

As an English language test, PTE is no exception and has a similar kind of Exam Pattern like other English language tests. It focusses on the three major sections of the language proficiency:

The PTE test is made of the following components:

  1. Question: Time to Reading the Text Prompt: The time duration of each prompt you get varies depending upon the length of the text. The length is measurable in words or sentences. You need to be active in this part.
  2. Prepare for Answer: Time granted to Relax and Think: You do not have to immediately answer the question. On average, you get 10 to 15 seconds to prepare for each segment. You should relax and think for a while on how to answer.
  3. Answer: Time for Action: This is the total time duration where you have to perform. The answers are recorded when you speak, saved as text when you write, and selected in options multiple-choice questions.

Refer to the segment-wise description boxes given along with each section explaining the PTE Exam Pattern 2020 in detail:

Speaking and Writing — 77 to 93 minutes

As the name implies, this section tests the candidate’s on the basis of their 2 major skills of communication, which are spoken and written skills. This section comprises of six small sections that test you on your promptness over speaking and writing the written test that you would get to read for the first time ever. The complete section is given time duration of 77 to 93 minutes and the time allotted to each segment is as follows:

Reading — 32 to 41 minutes

This section tests the candidates on the basis of their ability to understand the written instructions in the language. The section further divided into 5 segments is 32 to 41 minutes long. Check out the segment-wise pattern for time distribution of this section:

Listening — 45 to 57 minutes

The listening section of the PTE Academic is stretched over 45 to 57 minutes of duration. This one is designed to determine the ability to understand spoken English by the candidate. Here, the student needs to ascertain that they carefully hear the audio file played and retain what they heard. This section is divided into 8 segments and the time give to each segment is as follows.

Designed to verify the applicant’s English language skills, the standardized English language tests follow almost the same pattern. Hence, preparing for any one of these, you automatically are prepared for taking up any of the remaining two. Now that you have understood the PTE Academic Exam Pattern, you must check out the preparation tips on each section separately:

Candidates who want to excel in their next PTE Exam should be aware of the latest PTE Exam syllabus. The PTE Exam syllabus mentioned below is for candidates looking to appear for their next PTE Exam. Here is the syllabus for the PTE Academic exam covering the Speaking and Writing syllabus, Reading syllabus, and Listening Syllabus –

Highlights of PTE Exam Pattern

Section-wise PTE 2020 Syllabus

The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) assesses the written, spoken, skills of the candidates to ensure that they are capable of studying in the international environment, with a good grasp over the universal language of English. By scoring well in this test, students can assure the admission committee as well as the visa officers that they are capable of understanding the globally accepted official language while studying on the foreign land. A good score in the test also ensures that candidates would be able to represent their ideas, deliver presentations, work to gain international exposure, and basically function on the international front in front of foreign audiences. This helps the applicants ensure that they are ready to study amidst students from all over the world and international faculty members in the universal official language.

As an English language test, PTE is no exception and has a similar kind of Exam Pattern like other English language tests. It focusses on the 3 major sections of the language proficiency:

The test goes this way:

PTE Speaking and Writing Syllabus (77 to 93 minutes)

As the name implies, this section tests the candidate’s on the basis of their 2 major skills of communication, which are spoken and written skills. This section comprises of six small sections that test you on your promptness over speaking and writing the written test that you would get to read for the first time ever. The complete section is given time duration of 77 to 93 minutes and the time allotted to each segment is as follows:

 

Segments Pattern

Time Duration

Personal Introduction          

55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record

Read Aloud

30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words

Repeat Sentence

15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record

Describe Image

25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same

Re-Tell Lecture

90 seconds for prompt length, 10 seconds to prepare and 40 seconds to answer

Answer Short Question

20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer

Summarize Written Text

10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words

Essay

20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, like the other standardized tests for the English language, has different sections to evaluate your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. These can be best understood by referring to the PTE Academic Syllabus in detail.

Length and Time of PTE Academic Test

Reading Tips:

For the reading section of the PTE Academic, the trick is to have fluency in reading, focus, and understanding. You will be using these skills at once when attempting the exam, but while practicing you will have to learn them step-wise. 

Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer 
  • Understand the main message of the passage and focus on keywords to find the correct answer.
  • Focus on the frequency words (for example – always, sometimes, never many, alloften, never, only) eliminate those options and maybe you will find the correct answer. 
  • Since there is no negative marking for this question, answer the question and don’t leave it blank.  
  • Make use of the rule of elimination. Narrow down your options as much as possible. 
  • Read the question before you read the text to understand what kind of information to look for. 
  • 60% of the answers can be found in the first or last two lines of the passage. 
  • Remember the information in the passage as the questions will not be asked in chronological order and you will find the answer anywhere in the passage. 
  • Learn to paraphrase, which means conveying the meaning using different words.

Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers 

  • Since this question has negative marking, don’t select options if you are not entirely sure. If you are not sure, leave it.  

Re-order paragraphs 

  • First, search for headline including a major idea from the paragraph. 
  • The sentence starting with pronouns like he, she, her, they, them, those, etc will never be the first sentence.  
  • Look for contradictory phrases with, however, but, although an additional phrases like also, moreover, furthermore, besides. Find the sentence before it. 

Fill in the blanks 

  • There is no negative marking, so answer all the questions even if you are not sure. 
  • Concentrate on the parts of speech before and after the blank, it will help in finding the missing word. 
  • Most of the time, missing word will have a synonym in the text provided. 
 

Listening Tips:

Here are some tips according to each type of questions to help you prepare for the listening section of the PTE Academic exam. 

General Listening Tips –  

  • Listen actively, which means learn to listen to English songs differentlyFocus on the lyrics which requires more attention.  
  • Watch movies and TV shows first with subtitles and then without subtitles. 
  • Listening to new content will increase your vocabulary which will improve your understanding of spoken English while listening.  

Summarize spoken text 

  • Restrict your answer to 5070 words. 
  • You can start with saying something “The speaker said 
  • Use the provided notepad to write down the keywords.  
  • Close your eyes for better attention. 
  • Focus on the theme and most repeated words. 

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 

  • Don’t make blind guesses as this question has negative marking 
  • It is recommended you read questions before the audio starts. 
  • Stay focused till the end as the answers could be in the end.

Fill in the blanks 

  • Use the provided notepad to take notes otherwise, you will miss the next word. 
  • Carefully listen and determine whether the word was singular or plural, with an article or not etc.  

Highlight correct summary 

  • Understand the theme and the message conveyed by the speaker. 
  • Use the elimination method to narrow the options. 

Select missing word 

  • By the first half of the audio, you will have a good idea about the topic and three-fourth way in you can predict how it will end. 

Highlight incorrect words 

  • Review your answers before submitting, in case you have missed something. 
  • Double-clicking a word will unselect the word. So click only once. 
  • This part has negative marking, so be careful 

Write from dictation 

  • It is better if you type your answer directly on the computer instead of taking notes on the notepad first as it will save time.  
  • Check the spellings, singular and plural forms, punctuation etc. 
 

Speaking Tips:

Here are some tips according to each type of questions to help you prepare for the speaking section of the PTE exam.

Read Aloud

  • Rising your tone at the beginning and falling tone at the end of the sentence will make the sentences sound authentic.
  • If you realise you made a mistake, continue speaking and don’t stop.
  • From day 1 of preparation, practice with different tongue-twisters every day until the exam day.

Repeat Sentence

  • Listen with closed eyes and memorize the sentence.
  • There is no beep at the end, so just start speaking after the clip ends.
  • If you can’t manage to remember the whole sentence, at least focus on the keywords and repeat those.

Describe Image

  • Start with words like illustrate, elucidates, depicts, etc.
  • Notice whether it is bar-chart, line-graph or pie-chart. Line graphs have ‘timeline, pie charts have ‘slices and bar charts compare.
  • Make use of the following words – on the left-hand side, on the right side, next to, below/bottom, above, at the top, foreground, background etc.
  • Try finishing in 30–35 seconds and don’t leave incomplete recorded sentences.

Retell Lecture

  • Notice the keywords, they can help you understand the context of the topic. 
  • Instead of complete full names, you can use titles, like – Dr. Says or the professor mentions etc. 
  • Try to capture the best 3-5 sentences. They should be enough to retell the lecture. 

Answer short question

  • Add articles (a, an, the) before some words.
  • If you don’t know the answer, just repeat the words in the question.

Writing Tips:

In this section, you need to write according to the questions anyour written answers are evaluated. The writing module of the PTE Academic is divided into two sections and we will provide tips for each of those sub-sections.  

Summarize Written Text 

  • Getting a perfect score of 90 out of 90 is possible with strong vocabulary and grammar. If you have average vocabulary and grammar, you can expect to score around a 73. 

  • Try writing your answers between 35–45 words. Avoid very long sentences, as the scoring algorithms may not be able to evaluate long sentences with great accuracy. 

  • Pay attention to punctuations. 

  • Capitalize all the starting words and nouns in a sentence. 

  • Don’t provide any examples, unless asked for. 

  • Write the summary in third person form I.e. avoid usage of I, Me, We etc. 

  • concentrate on the last paragraph as it usually contains the summary of the text. 

  • Summarize each paragraph in a single sentence.

Write an Essay 

  • Plan the format of your essay based on whether it is an opinion essay, problem-solution, advantagesdisadvantages etc. 

  • Be mindful of the spellings, grammar, and plurals. 

  • Give structure to your essay by following this pattern – first paragraph introduction, second third paragraphs body, last paragraph conclusion. 

  • In the body paragraphs, provide examples, reasons, and statistics to strengthen your arguments. 

  • keep the length between 200–300 words.

With the objective of enhancing your communication skills, the PTE Academic exam is designed to test your command over the English language. No high-level language proficiency is required to clear the exam, it rather checks your regular English communication, thereby helping you become expressive. Practicing each section separately with a relaxed and focused mind is advisable to fully absorb the subject matter and score well. Putting on a headphone for the listening and speaking sections would help you become more focused and concentrate on the content would also help.

PTE Practice Papers

The sample papers and practice tests for PTE Academic are not easily available on the internet. They can, however, be procured from the official website of PTE Academic. You may also practice with the help of official online videos.

Let us understand the exam pattern and scoring so as to make a preparation chart using the prep tips and ensure that we are ready to test our ability with sample papers and practice tests.

Pattern and Syllabus

Comprised of three sections, PTE Academic tests you on the basis of Reading, Listening, and Speaking and Writing. While the Reading and Listening sections are 32-41 and 45-57 minutes long respectively, the Speaking and Writing is the longest with a duration of 77-93 minutes. The total score of this exam is the sum of what you have scored in these three sections. Results and Scores in PTE Academic can be obtained online within the next five working days from the date of the test.

After the completion of your PTE Academic exam, you will receive PTE Academic scores for each for the skill sections on a band range of 10 – 90. Along with that, you will also get an overall score. See the scoring pattern below to understand what does each range of score means – 

 

PTE Academic Score  

Level Description 

Above 85 

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.  

76 – 84 

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices. 

59 – 75 

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of oral fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

51 – 58 

Has sufficient command of the language to deal with most familiar situations, but will often require repetition and make many mistakes. Can deal with standard spoken language, but will have problems in noisy circumstances. Can exchange factual information on a familiar routine and non-routine matters within his/her field with some confidence. Can pass on a detailed piece of information reliably. Can understand the information content of the majority of recorded or broadcast material on topics of personal interest delivered in clear standard speech.  

43 – 58 

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.  

30 – 42 

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g., very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.  

10 – 29 

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.  

PTE Academic Results 

Results are usually available online within five working days from the test date. 

The PTE Academic results are issued online. And can be accessed from your PTE Academic student account. First, you will receive an email within five working days with instructions on accessing the results online. After that, you need to follow the instructions to log in to your Pearson account. 

You can share your results with the colleges and universities of your choice through your Pearson account

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