PTE

 

PTE

PTE Academic is accepted by universities in USA, UK, Australia, among others.

It was created by Person Language Tests part of the Pearson PLC group and endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council owners Graduate Management Admission Test. PTE Academic is designed to test your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The test takes approximately three hours to complete. This includes an un-timed introduction to the test and one optional scheduled break of up to 10 minutes. It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. Throughout the test, students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language encountered at higher education institutions in English speaking countries. There are three parts in PTE, they are:

  1. Speaking and writing
  2. Reading
  • Listening

However, each section has different time schedules.

The synopsis of PTE is shown follows in the table:

Part Content Given Time
Introduction Introduction Time will not be given
Part One Speaking & Writing 77 to 93 minutes
Part Two Reading 32 to 41 minutes
Break It is optional 10 minutes
Part Three Listening 45 to 57 minutes

 

 

Overview of Speaking and Writing Modules

Item Task Judgment  Skills Given Time Answering Time
Read aloud A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud reading and speaking text up to 60 words varies by item, depending on the length of text
Repeat Sentences After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence listening and speaking 3-9 seconds 15 seconds
Describe Image An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail speaking N/A 40 seconds
Retell lecture After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words listening and speaking up to 90 seconds 40 seconds
Answer Short Questions After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words listening and speaking 3 to 9 seconds 10 seconds
Summarize written text After reading a text, write a one sentence summary of the passage reading and writing text up to 300 words 10 minutes
Write essay Write a 200–300 word essay on a given topic writing 2-3 sentences 20 minutes

Overview of Reading Module

Item Task Skills assessed Prompt length
Multiple Choice, Choose single answer After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response reading text up to 110 words
Multiple Choice, Choose multiple answers After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response reading text up to 300 words
Reorder Paragraphs Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order reading text up to 150 words
Reading: Fill in the blanks A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps reading text up to 80 words
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks A text appears on screen with several gaps. Fill in each gap from a drop-down list of response options reading and writing text up to 300 words

 

Overview of Listening Module

Item Task Skills assessed Prompt length
Summarize spoken texts spoken text After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summary listening and writing 60-90 seconds
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response listening 40-90 seconds
Fill in the blanks A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap listening and writing 30-60 seconds
Highlight correct summary After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording listening and reading  30-90 seconds
Multiple choice, choose single answer After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one response listening 30-60 seconds
Select missing word After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options listening 20-70 seconds
Highlight incorrect words The transcript of a recording appears on screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said listening and reading  15-50 seconds
Write from dictation 3-5 seconds After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence listening and writing 3-5 seconds

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