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PTE

PTE @ SVARNA

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What is PTE?

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is an international computer-based test of English language.

  • It measures your English language ability by testing your level of English through tasks which reflect real-life settings.
  • It is widely accepted by universities, higher education institutions, and government departments around the world. PTE is most preferred English test for students due to availability of dates and instant results.
  • PTE is approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the Australia, USA, UK and New Zealand, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.
  • The PTE test is based on real-life academic and general content. You will come across graphs, summaries, excerpts, and many more items that belong to things around you.
  • The test also contains both native and non-native accents, much like what you hear in films, TV and other real-life conversations from everyday life.

PTE Outline

PTE Academic is a computer-based test 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 of the test.

Introduction to the test and one optional scheduled break of up to 10 minutes. There are three timed parts:

Each part may contain several sections, each section is individually timed.

Intro Introduction Not timed = 25 seconds to prepare your answer
TIPS: Speak calmly and clearly, don’t be in a hurry to avoid eating your words.

Part 1: Speaking and Writing

(77-93 minutes)

Part 2: Reading.
.
(32-41 minutes)

Part 3: Listening

(45-57 minutes)

Item Task

Number 

of Items

Prompt 

length

Scoring

Skills 

assessed

Time to answer
Read aloud You need to read aloud the text there on the screen. (TIPS: 30-40 sec to prepare your answer. Don’t speak before the BEEP sound, speak clearly) 6 – 7 text up to 60 words Reading, speaking, oral fluency, pronunciation reading and speaking vary
Repeat sentence After listening to the sentence played, you need to repeat verbatim. (TIPS: repeat the sentence exactly what you hear but don’t wait for the BIP, there is NO BEEP sound. Finish peaking before the bar reaches the end.) 10-12 3 – 9 seconds Listening, speaking, oral fluency, pronunciation listening and speaking 15 seconds
Describe image You need to describe an image that is displayed. (TIPS: 25 sec to study/prepare your answer. Don’t speak before the BEEP, finish speaking before bar reaches the end) 6 – 7 N/A Speaking, oral fluency, pronunciation and content speaking 40 seconds
Re-tell lecture You need to memorize what all is told in the lecture. Then, you need to describe it in your own words. (TIPS: 10 sec to prepare your answer. Note down keywords/phrases) 3 – 4 up to 90 seconds Listening, speaking, oral fluency, pronunciation listening and speaking 40 seconds
Summarize written text Summarize the given paragraph in your own words. Summary must be completed within 5 to 75 words in 10 minutes. Remember, you must write the summary in a single sentence. (TIPS: grab key points, try to use synonyms to avoid copying same text. Remember FANBOYS) 3-4 75 words or less Reading and writing Reading and writing  
Essay 1 to 2 Essay with 200 to 300 words. Write 2 to 3 paragraph with introduction and conclusion. (TIPS: Plan, 1-2 200-300 words   Writing  
Answer short question You need to answer the question in one word or a few. (TIPS: No short tone/beep. Answer it in one or few words) 10 – 12 3-9 seconds Correct / Incorrect (Listening, speaking and vocabulary) listening and speaking  
Item Task

Number 

of Items

Prompt 

length

Scoring

Skills 

assessed

Multiple choice, choose single answer Only one response from many given is correct. Choose that correct one after reading the passage. (TIPS: each question should be 2 minutes only) 2 – 3 text up to 110 words

Correct / Incorrect

(Your reading skills)

reading
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers More than one response is correct from many given. Choose the correct ones after reading the passage. (TIPS: each question should be 2 minutes only) 2 – 3 text up to 300 words Partial Credit ( For Each Correct Response. Point Deducted For Incorrcet Option Chosen ) reading
Reorder paragraphs On the left hand side, many sentences or paragraphs will be placed in a random order. Drag and drop them to the right side in a correct order.(TIPS: connectors and adverbs don’t come as a first paragraph) 2 – 3 text up to 150 words Partial Credit ( For Each Correctly Ordered Adjacent Pair ) reading
Reading Fill in the blanks

The passage appearing on the screen will have several gaps. Below the passage you have different words. Drag and drop the words that you think are correct and fill the blanks.

(TIPS: blank requires a noun, verb, or an adjective)

4 – 5 text up to 80 words Partial Credit ( For Each Correctly Completed Blank ) reading
Reading and writing Fill in the blanks From a drop down box, choose the correct word that you think should be the correct answer for the sentence with the gap. (TIPS: good vocabulary & synonyms) 5 – 6 text up to 300 words Partial Credit ( For Each Correctly Completed Blank ) reading and writing
Item Task

Number 

of Items

Prompt 

length

Scoring Skills assessed
Summarize Spoken text Write down a summary of 50-70 words after listening to an audio clip. (TIPS: look for keywords or phrases) 2 – 3 60-90 seconds

Partial Credit

(listening and writing skills)

listening and writing
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers Multiple options are given on your screen and you need to choose more than one option based on the audio clip you hear. You need to select all the options that you think are true for the recording. (TIPS: Scan as much as possible) 2 – 3 40-90 seconds Partial Credit ( For Each Correct Response. Point Deducted For Incorrcet Option Chosen ) listening
Fill in the blanks The audio clip played should be matched with the transcription written on the screen. You will need to fill in the blanks that the transcription has.You fill the blanks as you hear the audio. (TIPS: typing speed, take notes of missing words & check the spelling) 2 – 3 30-60 seconds Partial Credit (Each Correct Word Spelled Correctly) listening and writing
Highlight correct summary After listening to the audio, you need to select the paragraph that perfectly summarizes the matter spoken in the recording. (TIPS: listen carefully, appropriate summary only) 2 – 3 30-90 seconds Correct / Incorrect listening and reading
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. (TIPS: answer is base & exact word from the audio clip) 2 – 3 30-60 seconds Correct / Incorrect listening
Select missing word The recording will be played with a missing word or words. From the given options, you need to select the missing part. (TIPS: take all wordings from very beginning until the BIP sound) 2 – 3 30-60 seconds Correct / Incorrect listening
Highlight incorrect words You need to select the word from the written transcript that is different from the speech in the audio clip. Left-clicking is used to highlight the word. (TIPS: Be alert, take note of different word from the clip, remember the incorrect words and deselect them) 2 – 3 20-70 seconds Partial Credit (For Each Word. Points Deducted For Incorrect Options Chosen ) listening
Write from dictation Listen carefully to the sentence spoken. You need to write it in the box verbatim (TIPS: type the exact words you hear from the clip, make short cut words to catch up. Watch out your spelling & grammar) 3 – 4 3-5 seconds Partial Credit (For Each Word Spelled Correctly) listening and writing

PTE Test Format

PTE Academic is a computer-based test 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 of the test.

Syllables:

  1. Speaking & Writing Module for about 77-93 minutes
  • Personal Introduction = untimed, ungraded
  • Read Aloud = 6 to 7 items
  • Repeat Sentence = 10 to 12 items
  • Describe Image = 6 to 7 items
  • Re-tell Lecture = 3 to 4 items
  • Answer short question = 10 to 12 items
  • Summarize text = 3 to 4 items
  • Essay = 1 to 2 tasks with 200 to 300 words
  1. Reading Module for about 32-41 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions (single answer) = 2-3 items
  • Multiple choice questions (multiple answers) = 2-3 items
  • Re-order paragraphs = 2-3 items
  • Reading, fill in the blanks = 4-5 items
  • Reading and writing fill in the blanks = 5-6 items
  1. Listening Module for about 45-57 minutes
  • Summarize spoken text = with 2 to 3 items
  • Multiple choice questions (single answer) = with 2-3 items
  • Multiple choice questions (multiple answers) = with 2-3 items
  • Fill in the blanks = with 2-3 items
  • Highlight the correct summary = with 2-3 items
  • Highlight incorrect words = with 2-3 items
  • Select missing word = 2-3 items
  • Write from dictation = 3-4 items

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